In Round 1 (yes, we know this review is late!), our Swannies teams were primed from a great pre-season and raring to go against Putney in the Women’s Conference Division and North London in both Men’s grades. It was a day of mixed results, but one with some great performances both on and off the field!
Women’s Conference Vs Putney Magpies
Swans 3.5.23 defeated Magpies 1.1.7
The Swannettes start the year 1-0 with a hard fought win over Putney on a soggy Peckham Rye.
Playing to the conditions, the Swannettes made good use of soccering off the ground and were cleaner with their ball use around the ground.
Ellen Tyminski, Amy De Petro, Rita Lee and Vivian Winkler were superb rotating through the midfield and preventing easy clearances from stoppages – while gaining plenty themselves. Rita even managed to hit the scoreboard with a goal as well.
Up forward, it was the two Ash’s creating plenty of chances while Elyse Jenkins also crept down to pop-up with a goal late in the game. Bronwyn Allan was among the side’s best with a tackling performance that was unrelenting and ensured the ball was locked in the Swans forward line for large periods of the game.
In defence it was newcomer Marlee Davidson who led the backline superbly from centre-half back with her attack on the ball and clean possessions a highlight. Maddy McCombe and Steph were other strong performers in the backline on the day.
Mentions also must go to Alyssa and Lee who rotated through the ruck and full forward, both battling well against strong Putney ruck work and providing great marking targets.
Men’s Conference Vs North London Lions
Swans 3.7.25 defeated by Magpies 3.8.26
In a heartbreaker, the Men’s Conference team went down by a single-point to the North London Lions and were a matter of seconds away from a mark and set-shot at goal deep in the forward line when the siren sounded.
Jack Baxter put in a best on ground performance for the Swans as he continually repelled attacks and set-up counter attacking opportunities from defence.
Marten Kooistra in the ruck, Ronan Wordsworth, Ian and Josh Robinson were the next best in what was a strong and even team performance on the day.
Men’s Premiership Vs North London Lions
Swans 1.1.7 defeated by Lions 140
It was a tough day at the office for the Men’s Premiership Grade team as they went up against arguably the best midfield in the competition – while missing close to 10 first choice team regulars.
The highly rated Lions midfield dominated the clearances and gained a lot of quickfire entries into the forward 50m arc. Unfortunately, the Swans were simply outgunned.
Jesse Lovig, Seb Graham, and Kirk Kinne were among the best for the Swannies as the defensive trio battled hard all day and won their fair share of the ball.
Swans big man Charlie Miles battled hard in the ruck in his final game before heading back to Australia. Captaining the side for his final match, Charlie also managed to get on the scoreboard with a goal to mark the occasion.
On the bright side, the Swans took out the after match Boat Race at The Adam & Eve:
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