By Brian Pallister
AN icy northerly and another introduction of COVID-19 restrictions greeted the players and a sparse group of supporters at Percy Doyle oval for the game between Warwick Greenwood and Swan View last weekend.
The Swans had the upper hand early with a lively breeze at their backs, getting out to a five-goal lead by the fifteen minute mark before the Bulls could impact the score board.
The Bulls had their fair share of the play in the second getting good drive forward on the strengthening breeze.
Brenton James marked strongly and kicked truly.
Joe Byworth was having an even battle in the ruck against Jermaine Moody, while Travis Pearce picked up several possessions from the stoppages.
At the main break it was Swan View by five points.
Warwick Greenwood needed to keep their passes low and use the boundary if they were going to restrict the Swans scoring opportunities.
In one of the plays of the game, Jermaine Moody roved his own ruck work and avoided the tacklers while having three bounces running forward to kick a good goal.
The Bulls bench was starting to resemble a casualty ward as players were going down with game ending injuries at regular intervals.
They started the last quarter with no one on the bench and soon after they were reduced to seventeen on the ground finishing the game with sixteen.
The Swans finished too strongly, Patrick Bennell was having his best quarter.
When the Bulls did manage to go forward the ball was repelled by Rhys O’Dea, Joe Butler and Riley Wingrave.
Final score Swan View 76 to Warwick Greenwood 57.
In other results, Chidlow defeated Bullsbrook, Pickering Brook defeated Gidgegannup and Mundaring defeated Mt Helena.
Pending COVID-19 restrictions, this week Mundaring vs Bullsbrook, Warwick Greenwood vs Mt Helena, Gidgegannup vs Chidlow and Swan View vs Pickering Brook.