CONTEST: Natimuk’s Andrew Smith, right, gets set to swoop on a loose ball as team-mate Dylan Carroll is tackled by Rupanyup’s Ty Maher. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI DUEL: Rupanyup ruckman Lendon Polkinghorne flies against Natimuk’s Bryce Hateley during Saturday’s match.
SWIFTS returned to the top five on the Horsham District Football League ladder on the back of a 89-point win against Noradjuha-Quantong at Quantong Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The Baggies led all day, kicking 21 goals to seven to seal the victory.
Swifts assistant coach Jacob Hamilton said it was a great team effort.
“It was easily our best performance of the season,” he said.
“We had great links up and everyone was prepared to push and run for the full four quarters.
“Everyone played their role too, there were no weak links.
“It was a very enjoyable win.”
With key forwards Julian Carr and Lachie Hamilton out, ruckman Brett Hargreaves was moved forward for Swifts.
He kicked eight goals in the win.
“Brett was coming back from a calf injury, so we didn’t want to risk him in the ruck,” Hamilton said.
“He stayed in the goal square and was great for us.”
The result sees Swifts replace Harrow-Balmoral in the top five on percentage.
Hamilton said a showdown with the Southern Roos this weekend would be crucial to their finals hopes.
“It’s exciting to be back in the top five, that is where we believe we should be,” he said.
“The next couple of weeks are huge for us, starting with Harrow-Balmoral next weekend.”
The only injury concern for the Baggies out of Saturday’s game was a knee injury to Hayden Phillips.
Marcus Anson and Brent McIntyre were best for Noradjuha-Quantong, with Sam Weddell kicking three goals.
It was a disappointing result for the Bombers, who beat Swifts by 48 points earlier in the season.
In other matches, Laharum beat Pimpinio 99-43, Kalkee was too good for Harrow-Balmoral winning 122-36, Edenhope-Apsley defeated Taylors Lake 180-91 and Rupanyup posted victory against Natimuk 107-68.
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