Mt Helena managed to slow Swan View’s scoring down in the second quarter but weren’t able to impact the score board themselves.

Swan View tame the Lions

Swan View takes home a convincing victory after round six clash with the Lions.
May 23, 2024
Brian Pallister

SWAN View proved far too slick for Mt Helena during their round six clash at Elsie Austin oval as they amassed a percentage-boosting 24.19 (167) to 2.3 (15) win.

Leading up to their Belt-up game Mt Helena hosted a smoking ceremony along with a welcome to country.

Players, umpires and officials from both clubs lined up for a minute’s silence to respect those who have lost their lives in traffic accidents.

Lions captain Charlie Read won the coin toss, probably their highlight for the game.

The Swans welcomed Caleb Butler back in the ruck, showing his value by accurately palming the ball to where his teammates could take advantage.

Josh Hollingum showed early that he was in for a big day, picking up several possessions in the first quarter.

Boe Hyatt along with Jackson Ryan were proving a handful, easily finding space to kick goals.

By the first break the Swans had opened up a 52-point lead.

The Lions managed to slow the Swans’ scoring down in the second but weren’t able to impact the score board themselves.

Daniel Bulla teamed well with Kieran Crudeli to win possessions in the middle pushing the ball into their forward line, that’s where they were breaking down as the Swans backline led by Joseph Butler was rebounding the ball back out.

Half time came and both coaches shuffled the magnetic board.

In a straight swap Jackson Ryan and Joseph Butler changed ends, positions probably not experienced since juniors.

Both comfortably handled the change in roles.

Butler scored a very rare goal while Jackson Ryan showed the value of his attacking strong marking style of play, kicking the ball back into the centre.

Matt Sofoulis battled away on a wing while Cooper Donnelly and Jay Duggan offered support.

Matt Ellwood came out of full forward to have a run on the ball picking up several possessions.

The Swans began the final quarter holding a commanding 115-point lead.

Swan View managed another six goals against Mt Helena’s one.

Jake Dyer and Jaxson Crook joined in the goal scoring, after very strong performances.

The highlight of the quarter was Riley Maturo’s dash out of fullback: he ran the ball out, collected a handball, kicked off again then continued to track the ball forward where he managed to have a shot on goal, unfortunately the ball drifted to the right for a behind.

At the final siren it was the Swans by 152 points.

After a standout four quarters Josh Hollingum was voted best on ground to be the recipient of the Belt-up match ball.

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