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Swans get the dose just right

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June 09, 2017

Andrew Dowling stepped up from the under-18s to play his first senior game.

Jonty Sutherland drives the ball in to the Swans’ attack in the under-18 game.

Nick Goodwin gets a quick kick away under pressure from his Longwood opponent.

Dale Short marks strongly in the reserves.

Dylan Mendoza shrugs the tackle in the under-18 game.

After a slow start to the season, Avenel is lifting.

A confidence boosting win against Longwood may be just what the doctor ordered, as the Swans look to turn the season around.

With Kasey Duncan ruled out by injury, the Swans had to look to other stars to perform.

Chris Burton did not disappoint, booting 12 of Avenel’s 37 goals — making it 20 majors in two weeks — as the Swans ran rampant against the Redlegs.

Nine goals in the opening term saw the Swans state their intentions early, in what was going to be a long day for Longwood.

The Redlegs were forced to take to the field with a fill-in senior coach after Nick Brown was suspended last week by the AFL Goulburn Murray Commission after it was found the side went above the player points cap in a game last month.

The Swans had kicked 18 goals to lead by 110 points at half-time, while the Redlegs had still failed to register a major score.

Cael McCarthy kicked seven, while Michael Morgan was the Swans’ best on ground, booting five goals to round out a top day for the nimble midfielder.

Nick Goodwin was also impressive with four goals.

Longwood managed to get one on the board after the half-time break, but the Swans did not slow down either.

Nineteen goals in the second half turned the rout into a demolition as the Swans piled on a total of 241 points to run out 227-point winners.

With back-to-back wins against Tallygaroopna and Longwood (and a forfeit victory against Ardmona in between) the Swans are looking refreshed and ready to tackle the second half of the season.

Even their recent narrow losses against Merrigum and Violet Town would indicate the Swans are far from dead and buried.

Score: Avenel 37.19 (241) d Longwood 1.8 (14).

Goals: C. Burton 12; C. McCarthy 7; M. Morgan 5; N. Goodwin 4; S. Tyers 3; S. Standley, A. Green 2; M. Lawrence, L. Drummond.

Best: M. Morgan, C. Burton, D. Stirling, M. Lawrence, P. Arandt, N. Goodwin.

Reserves

The Swans copped a 55-point beating from Longwood.

Avenel could not catch a break against Longwood, kicking a goal in each quarter but unable to stop the opposition from scoring.

A tight first quarter saw the visitors take a 13-point lead into the first break, but the Swans were unable to turn it around in the second.

Longwood skipped out to 25-point lead by half-time, kicking another three goals in the second quarter.

Things did not really improve for Avenel as Longwood kicked another four to put the game out of contention by the end of the third term.

Score: Avenel 4.8 (32) lt Longwood 12.15 (87).

Goals: D. Short 2, J. Frankel, C. Lyons.

Best: J. Nipperess, S. Van Duinen, J. Mabon, C. Neels, N. Woods, C. Williams.

Under-18

An epic 12-goal first half saw the Swans set themselves up for victory against Longwood.

Avenel held Longwood to a zero score until the third quarter when the visitors managed to get three back.

The Swans still won every quarter and piled on another 10 goals in the second half to win comfortably by 129 points.

Score: Avenel 22.21 (153) lt Longwood 4.0 (24).

Goals: B. Tempest 9, K. Robl 3; C. Eeles, J. Scott, S. Cusack 2; J. Nipperess, B. Baker, W. Dundon, Q. Rickman.

Best: J. Nipperess, S. Van Duinen, J. Mabon, C. Neels, N. Woods, C. Williams.

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