It was a tough day on the field for all three London Swans teams in Round 4 as the sides trekked out to Chiswick to take on the West London Wildcats.
With over 50 male players unavailable and the women’s team coming up against the Wildcat’s second side, on a weekend when their top side had a bye – it was always going to be a challenge for the teams.
Men’s Premiership & Men’s Conference
Both men’s sides suffered heavy losses (150+) for the first time in a long time for the London Swans, as our teams battled hard after just scraping together enough players.
For the Conference side, Brandon Ellis, Zac McNeill, Shane Mulroney, Andy O’Donaghue and Patty Doan were strong contributors and created several great passages of play. Ultimately though the superior Wildcat’s depth, both in numbers and skills, saw them run out comfortable winners.
Our Premiership Division side went into the game with no fewer than 14 changes from the round before – including a reserves bench made up entirely of players who had already played in the Conference game.
Jack Davis, Josh Wilson, Jesse Lovig, Luke McManus, and Sam Tarca were among the team’s best – in what was a performance of great spirit inspite of the heavy loss.
Swans 1.4.10 def. by Wildcats 8.9.57
Despite the scoreline, the Swannettes had most of the possession and field position during this match.
Lee Witwoski, Rita Lee, Alicia and Ellen Tyminski were superb throughout the day at getting the ball moving forward from the midfield.
Georgia Carmichael, Steffi Lepronier and Madeline McCoombe were likewise sensational and hard at the ball in defence.
The pattern of play was much the same throughout each quarter – with the Swans having most of the early ball and possession, and the Wildcats using their clean ball movement to kick a number of rebound goals late into each quarter.
Overall, it was a strong team performance with all of the girls involved in some great patches of play.