Natural element

March 28, 2018

New recruit James Ingham enjoyed a good showing against the Tigers.

Paul Arandt wins the tap for Avenel.

Nick Goodwin saw plenty of action in the midfield.

Cody Hogan lines up for a shot at goal.

Jake Sutherland (pictured) was dominant as Avenel enjoyed a win over the Yea Tigers in heavy rain.

Vice-captain Scott Tyers was back in action for the Swans after missing the game against Congupna last week.

Xave Dowling, recruited from Mulwala, has a spell after a big hit.

Avenel has turned things around in its second practice match to post a win over the Yea Tigers at home in punishing conditions.

The Swans built up a solid lead over the six period match before the visitors closed the margin in the last ten minutes with Avenel deciding to rest their top line players.

Vice-captain Scott Tyers enjoyed his first hit-out for the preseason, along with the hard-running Nick Goodwin who racked up possessions in the midfield.

Avenel assistant coach Kasey Duncan said he was also rapt with the work of imposing ruckman Jake Sutherland and two of side’s latest signings – Garrett Davies, 24, from Avondale Heights, and James Ingham, 25, from Broadford.

Duncan said he hopes Sutherland will spearhead the ruck duties this season, allowing 200 game veteran Paul Arandt to play predominantly as a deep forward.

‘‘[Sutherland] moves well and he kicks the ball extremely well for his size,’’ Duncan said.

‘‘We’ll use him as much as we can, despite a slight lack of fitness there. But he’s good for fend-off - he’s a bit of an immovable object.’’

With star players Don Stirling, Michael Morgan, Michael Tinkler, and Angus Durnan on the pine for the match against Yea, the Swans also got to have a look at some younger talent.

Duncan said 16-year-old winger Chayse Thomson backed up his strong performance in the Swans’ first practice match with another impressive outing on the weekend, putting his name firmly into contention for a round one berth in the seniors.

Max Lawrence and Will Dundon, fresh out of the Seymour District Cricket Association season, have also been showing form, according to Duncan.

While Mitch Thomas and captain/coach Don Stirling are nursing minor injuries, Duncan said both would be expected to be available for Avenel’s season-opener against Merrigum on April 7.

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