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Swans put stamp on top six

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June 17, 2017

Mitch Thomas clears the ball down low.

Nathan Thomas took one of his signature high-flying marks on his return to the Swans.

Andrew Green takes another strong mark in the forward line, on his way to a 10-goal haul.

Tommy Howe handballs to his waiting team mate in the thirds.

Ollie Gabelich gets the ball out of the backline under pressure.

Avenel recorded its fourth win on the trot after an impressive showing against Undera.

The 187-point demolition has evened the Swans’ season ledger at four wins and four losses, moving them to the top six for the first time this season.

Undera showed some fight early, but couldn’t muster a score beyond the first break to see the Swans run out convincing winners.

The Swans’ seven opening term goals was bettered to nine in the second quarter and they had the game well and truly locked away by the main break.

However, the Swans showed no signs of letting up and the rout continued in the second half, with Avenel determined to make up for the disastrous 0-4 start to the season with a percentage-boosting win.

The damage could have been far worse for the Lions had Avenel kicked straight — the Swans booted an inaccurate 29.23 for the match.

Andrew Green had a day out in front of goal, booting 10 goals for the Swans.

Playing-coach Don Stirling was at his typical best, leading from the front to be among the Swans’ best, while Michael Morgan continued his recent purple patch with another strong showing.

Ben Quick undertook the bulk of the ruckwork in the absence of veteran Paul Arandt, who was rested for the game, while Tim Dundon was a welcome addition to the side in his break from VFL duties with Sandringham, dominating through the middle and at his regular post in the backline when the ball managed to make it that far.

A date with ninth-placed Rushworth awaits the Swans this week.

Score: Undera 1.4 (10) lt Avenel 29.23 (197).

Goals: Not listed.

Best: Not listed.

RESERVES

Avenel’s reserves side showed no mercy for its hapless opponent, romping away to a 92-point victory over Undera.

A scoreless opening term from the Lions set the scene for the remainder of the game, as the Swans went about their business in fine fashion.

Avenel had opened up a 64-point lead by the main break, with Nathan Thomas doing the bulk of the damage.

Thomas — who returned to the Swans this week after playing with Mernda for the opening half of the year -— did a power of work around the ground and in front of goal, finishing with four majors.

Craig Leighton was also impressive up forward with four goals.

The Swans slowed marginally in the second half, but still cruised away to a comfortable win.

Chris Cates and Jacob Nipperess joined Thomas as the Swans’ best players.

Score: Undera 4.2 (26) lt Avenel 18.10 (118).

Goals: N. Thomas 4, C. Leighton 4; N. Woods, C. Hogan 3; J. Nipperess 2; B. Kibble, S. Van Duinen.

Best: N. Thomas, C. Cates, J. Nipperess, W. Lewis, S. Richardson, C. Williams.

THIRDS

With only 10 under-18 players of its own, Undera took advantage of Avenel’s extensive thirds playing list to ensure a game went ahead.

Avenel loaned Undera players for the match to make the sides even, but it wasn’t enough to see the Lions get close to the Swans’ juggernaut.

Avenel slammed on the goals at an average of more than six a quarter, while the Lions could only muster one major for the match — in the final term — and had just a solitary behind until three-quarter-time.

Brenton Tempest was a livewire up forward with seven goals, and Bailey Carratello was equally impressive in front of goal with six.

Tempest, Will Dundon and Tylah Long were the Swans’ star players for the match.

The win cements Avenel’s place firmly in the top six, but the side has its work cut out for it with a match against top-placed Lancaster and third-placed Murchison-Toolamba coming up in the next month.

Score: Undera 1.1 (7) lt Avenel 25.16 (166).

Goals: B. Tempest 7; B. Carratello 6; J. Sutherland, J. Nipperess, T. Howe, Q. Rickman 2; T. Long, W. Dundon, T. Chanloup, C. Thomson.

Best: B. Tempest, W. Dundon, T. Long, B. Carratello, T. Chanloup, J. Nipperess.

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