By Brian Pallister
SWAN View were no match for an almost full strength Pickering Brook in round four of the HFA, going down 1.6 (12) to 13.15 (93).
The Swans worked hard to stay in the game through the efforts of Joseph Butler at full back, while Ashley King was competitive in the ruck against his taller opponent in Rowan Arnott.
Steven Caccetta continued his good early season form.
While the inclusion of several other players missing from last week’s team was impacting, at the first break it was the Hawks by 11 points.
Bradley Jetta marked strongly in the Swans forward line but they were unable to benefit on the scoreboard.
Mitchell Johnston and Joshua Vellinga repelled many attacks while Ben Baines moved forward from a wing to be elusive around the Hawks goals.
Tim McQuoid marked strongly overhead delivering the ball to the hard leading Riley Thompson and Dane Shardlow.
By half time the Hawks had extended their lead to 32 points.
Mitchell Shilling moved from half back to half forward through his wing, playing both a defensive and attacking role.
Jonathon Vecchio paid close attention to the dangerous Michael Burgess, limiting his opprtunities.
Luke Shepherd seems to be relishing his new role down back with some strong work.
At the last break it was the Hawks by 51 points.
The Swans battled the game out but didn’t really have any answers to the Hawks overall dominance.
Bradley Jetta gave great service when moved onto the ball while captain Mathew Parnham pushed hard until the final siren.
Tom Leeder bobbed up for the Hawks second last goal in his 150th game, the first Hawks player to reach the milestone.
The best for Pickering Brook were Tim McQuoid, Steven Caccetta, Ben Baines, Rowan Arnott, Dane Shardlow and Mitchell Shilling while for Swan View it was Bradley Jetta, Joseph Butler, Joe Quinlivan and Ashley King
In other results, Gidgegannup defeated Chidlow 9.7 (61) to 6.10 (46) and Mundaring defeated Bullsbrook 15.12 (102) to 8.6 (54).
This weekend is the Men’s Wellbeing Talk To a Mate Round for suicide awareness.
Bullsbrook face Chidlow, Mundaring take on Pickering Brook and Mt Helena will come up against Gidgegannup.