The Cavemen and the Demons traded blows early with Swifts Creek holding an eight-point lead at the first break. Buchan was lucky to be so close as Swifts Creek had three more scoring opportunities. In the second quarter things went from poor to worse for the Cavemen as the Demons opened up a 30-point lead at half time.
Swifts Creek was simply working harder. In desperate need of big quarter Buchan produced just that holding the Demons to one goal for the quarter, while slotting four majors to bring the margin back to nine points at the final break. It was a tough final quarter as both sides toiled hard, but the Cavemen proved too strong when it counted the most, booting five goals to two to run out 12-point winners.
Dylan Bolton was superb around the big sticks for Buchan, booting three goals, while Joshua Neille was named best on ground. For the Demons Mathew Stephens booted four goals and David Commins led from the front.Bairnsdale Advertiser
Swan Reach is seemingly set for a big 2019 after defeating the Swampies at Lindenow South and first year coach, Daniel Macklin, couldn’t be prouder.
“It was a character building experience for our club to get the win, especially from where we came from,” he said.
“We had a good pre-season and we stuck to our game plan.
“The talent we have is awesome, especially with some of the new boys like Arthur Wright whose skills make him look like Cyril Rioli.”
Macklin said his side’s fitness played a huge role as the match went on.
“We still have about four or five players to come back into the side,” he said.
“I think we are only going to get better and in the first two quarters it was more of a contested game, but as it went on I think we got them with our pace and fitness on the outside.
“Their first three goals came from our turnovers.”
The Swans got off to a flying start booting four first quarter goals to the Swampies’ one major. The home side fought back in the second holding Swan Reach to two goals while snagging three of their own. At half time the margin was 17 points in favour of the Swans.
In the third quarter Lindenow South struggled as Swan Reach turned up the heat, kicking 2.1 to one behind to lead by 29 points heading in to the final term.
In the fourth quarter Swan Reach found a gear that Lindenow South simply couldn’t match, piling on six goals to one.
Wayne Hayes and Peter Ritchie each booted three for the Swans, while Cory Key was named best on for Lindenow South.
Bruthen led at every break against Omeo Benambra at Omeo.
The Bulldogs set the standard early, opening a nine-point lead at quarter time. However, the Ranges weren’t without their chances as they kicked an inaccurate 1.6.
Bruthen’s ability to get repeat entries helped it cruise to victory and in the second quarter it added another six goals. In reply Omeo Benambra kicked two goals, but still trailed by 37 points.
The third quarter was the Ranges’ best as they reduced the lead to 18 points at three quarter time following a four goal to one
performance. Both sides went goal for goal in the last, but Omeo Benambra couldn’t reel the Bulldogs in.
Jamie Barton booted four goals for Bruthen, while Robert Maisey was named best on ground.
For the Ranges Jai Hayward led the way with three goals and Riley Steenholdt played well.
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