The 44th Edition of the Swansea Waler
After disposing of the Cardiff Double Blues in emphatic fashion the week before we head to Newport in search of another win. With numbers a bit low at training on the Thursday, apologies from the coach for that one a few frantic phone calls ensured on the Friday, and we were able to field a strong and experienced side.
With a few pre-match hiccups the game got away with a full contingent from the Swans, however the Tigers were only able to field a mere eight and as a result the silky Swansea outfit were able to utilise this advantage and continually pumped the ball into the ever alert forward-line. With goals being spread as well as two for the coach the Swansea side a skipped out to a handy quarter-time advantage. The mid-field were dominate with the captain leading from the front as per usual, as well as handy contributions from Ethan and Evan whose attack on the ball culminated in many forays into the forward line.
SWANSEA 7 4 :46
The second again opened with tireless effort from the slicker and more professional Magpie side as they looked to increase their lead. New Aussie boy Matty Keygan took advantage of this mid-field dominance by kicking three for the quarter, and with Evan finishing another great running goal and young Ethan who was doing really well around the ground popped up to kick another. The Tiger side were making things quite difficult at times for their more experienced opponents, with their aggression and good running players.
SWANSEA 12 6 :78
The third quarter was a tighter affair as the Tigers were able to use their pace and attack on the ball to at times to unsettle the Swansea side. However, we were able to steady and gain more of the possession in the later part of the quarter to regain our scoreboard dominance of the game. Good third quarter performers were Ioan and Alex who came on to score his first Swansea goal (but we must not forget that he scored two last week, only problem was that they were for the other side).
We the result of the game being a forgone conclusion by the orange break, the Swans were able to blood another first-gamer, and Nick Jenkins came onto to kick three goals for the quarter, one with his first kick. The quarter played out with a few sporadic pieces of good play, however, the game had started to lose its hardness which typified the first three quarters. Overall it was a solid performance from the Swans, a necessary win to maintain the momentum for the forthcoming weeks.
SWANSEA 17 6:137
, Matthew Keygan, Josh Roach, Ben Hickey
Matthew Keygan 5, Duncan Brennan 4, Nick Jenkins 3, Rhys Jones siamak samavat Evan Phillips
2, Alex Parry Ethan Roach Josh Roach 1
Huge game tomorrow with the Swans taking on arch and a bit bitter rivals in the South Cardiff Panthers. We need to look at this game as a stepping stone into the latter stages of the season, and a win would guarantee a place in the Grand Final. We need to build on our performances over the last two weeks where we have played very well for long stretches of the game. It is all their for us tomorrow.