Mt Helena battled it out but were no match for Swan View in their Hills Football Association round 16 clash at Elsie Austin Oval.

Swan View use battling Lions for finals practise

Mt Helena were no match for Swan View in their Hills Football Association round 16 clash.
August 17, 2023
Brian Pallister

SWAN View, who sit in third place on the Hills Football Association ladder, beat fifth-placed Mt Helena 21.16 (142) by 103 points 6.3 (39) in round 16.

The Swans opened the game with some quick goals. Kane Higgins was on the end of some pinpoint deliveries from Josh Hollingum.

Boe Hyatt was also proving a handful.

With seven goals on the board before the Mt Helena Lions could manage one of their own Swan View went on to prevail to victory.

Their coach shuffled the magnets on the board, putting players in unfamiliar positions to gauge how they might adapt if required to fill different roles come finals.

Haiden Michaelson showed he could hold down centre half forward for the Swans rather than his usual role in the backline.

Swan Jackson Ryan found himself in unknown territory with a stint on a halfback flank.

The Lions showed more grit in the second quarter,  Johnathon Kurthy and Brendan Agnew worked hard around the packs while Hamish Duncan competed well in the ruck.

They had managed to slow down the Swans scoring rate, unfortunately they couldn’t maintain the pressure after the long break.

Jackson Ryan had a five-minute purple patch scoring two goals from three attempts. Shortly after that he found himself in unknown territory on a halfback flank.

Swan Raniera Carpenter continues to regain confidence racking up the possessions.

Lion Brendan Agnew managed to get the ball forward for Matt Elwood to goal.

The Lions backs were overwhelmed by the number of Swans forward entries.

Josh Hollingum scored his second goal after some clever sidestepping to get past the opposition, while Allan Ryder also finished the game with two goals to his name.

Although the Lions managed two goals in the third quarter the Swans extended the margin with five of their own.

The last quarter was the end of the season for the Lions and the last of the home and away season.

Mt Helena battled it out but were no match for Swan View who by this stage had 10 different goal scorers.

As quickly as Lions Bo Read and Riley Maturo cleared the ball it sailed back over their heads. Swan Stevie Smith was dominant on a wing all game, while Harlee Fryer and Joseph Butler proved almost impassable deep in defence.

A difficult game for the Swans coaching staff to select best players with such a team effort.

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