WITH Swan View and Gidgegannup both looking to secure a top four position there was a fair bit riding on their round 12 game, but it was the Swans who walked away victorious 8.13 (61) to 8.6 (54) at full time.
The Gidgegannup Bulldogs gained the upper hand early due to the ruck taps of Declan Whife, giving Jarrad Young first use of the ball, allowing him to get it forward for Tim Tanner to goal.
Bulldog Dylan Cahill played more of an on-ball role rather than starting forward. Swans fullback Joseph Butler was under constant pressure as the Bulldogs continued to pressure.
By the first break Gidgegannup had managed a 20-point lead. The Swans managed to reduce that deficit by six points at half-time.
Swan Jackson Ryan started to pick up possessions in the ruck which allowed teammate Josh Hollingum to get into the game – one of his runs down the members wing included five bounces with more a 100m gained, topped off with a pinpoint pass which ended up in a goal.
The third quarter was another fairly even contest as both clubs had trouble penetrating each other’s backlines. Swans Halden Michaelson combined with Harley Fryer to counter several Bulldogs forward moves.
At the other end, Bulldog Josh Carter continued his solid season, well supported by teammates Alan Rigg and Tom Blatch, with Cameron Hore taking some very timely intercept marks. Riley and Liam Marriott ran hard to get to the contests for the Bulldogs. The last quarter was probably one of the best of the season as both teams threw everything into it while the umpires allowed the game to flow, and all players made the ball their total focus.
The Swans kept chipping away, with Swan Boe Hyatt covering most of his forward line, providing a target for the ball coming in.
Raniera Carpenter came back on after a spell on the bench and had an immediate impact for the Swans, as Jackson Ryan became a focal point dragging in some strong marks.
Lochlan Batty-Cobb took an outstanding diving mark right on his own goal line for the Bulldogs, and deciding that the angle was too tight, he passed the ball infield where Liam Marriott marked and subsequently goaled.
If these two teams can replicate this intensity and quality it will make for an outstanding spectacle should they meet in finals, which is looking highly likely.