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Another perfect day for football as the sun shone brightly on Allen Park and the warriors from the Swanny Tigers 12’s team set themselves for a cracker of a game with North Beach. Traditionally, these two teams have had some even tussles, and Sunday proved no different as they put on a great display of running football.


Before the game, ever astute Coach, Keith Johns, made mention of the need for the boys to model their games on the extraordinary West Perth Falcons, undefeated WAFL ladder leaders. The boys clearly understood the significance of this request, and responded accordingly.


As the umpire hurled the ball into the sky to signal the start of the game, Petras Pilauskas also threw himself skywards and belted the ball forward where Tommy Barwood pounced for a quick and clever goal. In no time at all, Ikey Broderick, Nick Woodford and Joey Johns were all on the scoreboard, and by quarter time the game looked over. Unfortunately, no-one told North Beach this.


The second quarter was time for a Swanny Tigers snooze as North Beach hit back with some determined running and pressure tackling. Down back however, Ashton Ryder, Riley Smith, Liam Kellet, Reid Bevan, Jack O’ Dea and Benny Myburgh all toiled manfully to keep the deficit to an achievable target.


The third quarter was a real arm-wrestle, as the Tigers were kicking with a handy wind, but North Beach kept coming and also did well into the wind. Billy Reithmuller was prominent as was Andrew Slee and the ever reliable Jarrad Sheridan. At three-quarter time, this game was poised on a knife edge, and with the Tigers kicking into a strong breeze, North Beach were surely favoured to run out winners.


But it was not to be. Joey Johns placed himself in a forward pocket and went to work. With top support from Conor Levy, Dan Smith and Captain Alex Balcombe, Joey kicked multiple goals to ice the game. Josh McEvoy also hit top gear and the end was in sight. This last quarter was a terrific example of attacking, positive footy and showed how good this team can be when it all clicks into place. The team now has a bye to attend to some advanced skills training before jetting off to Melbourne to challenge the might of Cottesloe before a packed House at Etihad Stadium.




A sunny, warm May morning greeted the boys for this important clash against the strong Cottesloe outfit. After two promising earlier games against Wembley Downs and Subiaco, the Swanbourne machine was ready to rumble with Cottesloe, although Bayley Richardson had succumbed to a nasty finger injury and would be missed in the clinches.


Cottesloe, as always, started quickly, and kicked the first two goals and looked set for a stellar day. This Swanbourne team often takes a few minutes to get into gear and this again proved the case on Sunday. Prominent early were Billy Reithmuller and Nick Woodford through the midfield, taking advantage of some terrific ruck-work from Petras Pilauskas while Josh McEvoy repelled a number of attacks off half-back. When Swanny Tigers did go forward, Joey Johns was at his elusive best, and set up goal scoring opportunities.


The second quarter was the best of the game, as both sides traded goal for goal in a high quality display of footy. In defence, the Tigers were well represented by Isacc Broderick, Riley Smith, Liam Kellett and Reid Bevan. Ikey in particular came to the fore with some impressive second and third efforts.


At half-time, there was only a kick in it, but the fat lady was about to sing, and after the half-time break, Cottesloe went up a gear and kicked away in impressive fashion. Untimely injuries to Nick Woodford, Josh McEvoy and Ikey Broderick did not help the Tigers cause and they failed to man up to close down the Cottesloe juggernaut.


After such a promising start to the season, this was a harsh lesson for the boys, but they are a resilient group with great character, and will no doubt bounce back this week. Footy is a team game, and everyone needs to work together against teams like Cottesloe who run all day and attack regularly.


Let’s be frank however. This was a great weekend for football, with both Hawthorn and the West Perth Falcons having convincing victories, on their way to premiership glory. These two powerhouse sides are setting a great example to our young charges and we are all looking forward to this Sundays game against North Beach at Allen Park at 10am. See you all there!!

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