Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Spirited Attack by Swans; Anzac Day Round Sees Suns Gallant in Defeat

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Spirited Attack by Swans; Anzac Day Round Sees Suns Gallant in Defeat

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Byline: Brad Matheson


Yeppoon Swans 36.23-239 - 0-0 Gladstone Suns

Rockhampton Panthers 17.16-118 - Brothers 3.7-25

BITS Saints 14.16-100 - Glenmore 6.9-46.

AUSSIE RULES: The AFLC Frenchville Sports Club Anzac Day round wrapped up on Saturday as the Yeppoon Swans kept their unbeaten record well and truly intact at Swan Park with a comprehensive win over the Gladstone Suns.

Swans took out a 36.23-239 win over Gladstone, who failed to put any points to the board.

Panthers defeated Brothers 17.16-118 to 3.7-25 and BITS defeated Glenmore 14.16-100 to 6.9-46. The Suns were gallant in their efforts, with several players playing two games to ensure that they fielded two full teams in the Senior Grades, but the effort of two games was too much against a polished outfit like the Swans.

New captain/coach of the Suns, Ricky McClure, knew his troops were in for a tough day but he continued to encourage his team during the breaks to keep working and stick by each other and he led by example, working hard through the backline that was constantly peppered with attack from the Swans.

McClure was well supported in defence from the likes of Daniel Gogarth and David Curley but they simply had no answers for the polished outfit that the Swans are.

Alex Chapman looked dangerous for the Swans from the first siren with his leading and movement around the forward line providing the perfect opportunities for the Swans slick ball movement through the middle of the ground.

Last year's leading goal kicker, Tom Cossens, has lifted his workload to another level this year spending most of his time in the midfield but a player of his calibre is always going to hit the scoreboard. Cossens finished the match with seven goals but incredibly amassed six of those in the third term when the Swans turned up the heat after the main break.

As is often the case, it was the drive from the Swans' midfield of Matt Walling, Leigh Cossens and Jamie Garner that was causing all the problems for the opposition and Trevor Johnson continued to become more comfortable with his role in the team and pushed further up the ground to halt any forward movement for the Suns. …

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