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Another feather in Swans’ cap

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July 01, 2017

Will Holman kicks the ball long in the reserves.

Mitch Thomas takes a clean grab out of the air.

Don Stirling sneaks the ball past the opposition.

Avenel’s season turnaround has continued with a convincing win over Girgarre.

The Swans were quick to put to bed any questions surrounding the legitimacy of their form, taking the advantage in the first quarter.

Five players on the Avenel list were multiple goal scorers as the team lifted on the whole.

A superb second quarter performance saw Avenel boot four goals while restricting the Kangaroos to just a point.

A comfortable 40-point lead gave the Swans plenty of confidence going into the long break as Girgarre struggled to make an impact on the game.

With the odds stacked against it, Girgarre came out with little to lose in the second half.

The Kangaroos kicked three goals but this was not enough as the Swans kept pace alongside them.

A lacklustre final quarter was mostly a formality as the Swans had already done enough to get themselves over the line by 51 points.

Avenel has now won its past five fixtures, and next week it faces fourth-placed Lancaster in a contest that could change the fate of its season and decide a finals berth.

Lancaster has impressed this year with its fast ball movement and spirited performances but the Swans have gained some serious momentum in recent weeks.

The Wombats gave Nagambie a run for its money this week and the Swans will need to be at their best for the full four quarters if they’re going to have what it takes against Lancaster.

Score: Girgarre 4.7 (31) lt Avenel 12.10 (82).

Goals: A. Green, N. Thomas, D. Stirling, C. Burton, S. Standley 2; N. Goodwin, P. Arandt.

Best: D. Stirling, M. Thomas, M. Berry, O. Gabelich, S. Tyers, P. Arandt.

Reserves

The reserves looked like they might be up for a tight contest against Girgarre.

The Swans led by just three points at quarter-time as both sides struggled to break out of the contest and get on the scoreboard.

The Kangaroos kicked poorly and the Swans took charge, kicking five goals after the break.

Girgarre was more consistent in the third quarter but couldn’t quite keep pace with Avenel.

Out in front by 36 points, the Swans looked the better of the two sides and unlikely to give up the lead at the final break.

Girgarre had its best quarter in the final term but was still outgunned by Avenel, scoring four goals to its five.

Score: Girgarre 8.8 (56) lt Avenel 15.11 (101).

Goals: L. Brett 4; C. Leighton, W. Holman 3; S. Richardson 2; S. Van Duinen, C. Hogan, B. Kibble.

Best: W. Holman, N. Woods, T. Richardson, B. Kibble, C. Leighton, J. Neels.

Thirds

Avenel’s under 18s were too strong for Girgarre.

The Swans restricted the Kangaroos to just seven points as they booted 11 goals to take a 68-point lead into half-time.

Unable to keep pace with the resurgent Swans the second half mirrored the first.

Avenel stamped its authority on the match, running out the winner by 138 points.

Score: Girgarre 2.2 (14) lt Avenel 22.20 (152).

Goals: C. Thomson 5; L. Stevens, K. Robl 4; B. Tempest, J. Sutherland 2; T. Howe, D. Mendoza, Q. Rickman, W. Dundon, J. Scott.

Best: D. Mendoza, C. Thomson, J. Sutherland, B. Harriden, T. Chanloup.

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