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Towners played game their way

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August 18, 2017

Defender Scott Tyers takes a saving mark for the Swans in the backline.

Thirds captain Tylah Long takes a mark on the run.

Lachie McKenzie gets front position in the reserves game.

Nathan Woods takes a screamer for the Swans in the reserves match.

Michael Morgan put in another superb performance for Avenel on Saturday.

Quintain Rickman just gets a hold of the ball before going to ground.

Matt Smith boots the ball toward goal in the reserves.

Nathan Thomas marks strongly in the forward line.

It’s an age-old saying.

Bad kicking is bad football, and Avenel learned the hard way on Saturday in its 22-point loss to flag favourite Violet Town.

Avenel’s yips in front of goal saw it end the match with 10.15 to its name, having struggled to find its scoring boots from the first bounce.

The Swans’ 3.7 opening term was their poorest showing of the match. Kicking against the wind, the Swans had double the scoring shots of their opponents — 10 shots to five — but despite this, scores were locked at 25 points apiece at the first change.

‘‘It was mostly just bad kicking, the wind didn’t really play a part. We had a lot of shots from 45m-plus out and they just didn’t come off,’’ coach Don Stirling said.

Avenel failed to make the most of its opportunities in the second, and while the Swans straightened up in front of goal (1.3), it was Violet Town that had the better of the quarter to take a 17-point lead into the main break.

Avenel seemed to control the play in the third term, and drew to within a goal of the Towners.

Stirling said Scott Tyers was ‘‘just unbelievable’’ down back, putting a stop to a number of near-certain Violet Town majors in a frantic second half.

A couple of late third-quarter goals to Violet Town pushed the score back out to 15 points at the final change.

Again, Avenel seemed to have the bulk of the play in the final quarter, and when Stirling booted two goals within a matter of minutes late, it drew the Swans to within a goal once again.

But as all good sides do, Violet Town found a way out of trouble, kicking three goals in the final five minutes to hold a flattering margin at the final siren.

‘‘That’s footy I guess. You have momentum for a period of time, and they seemed to get a hold late,’’ Stirling said.

‘‘They’re sitting on top for a reason. They have good players across the ground.

‘‘I thought we played pretty well but in patches, it was just our skill errors that let us down in the end, especially going inside-50.’’

Power forward Chris Burton was sorely missed on Saturday, forced to sit out the match with illness, but Stirling expects him to be back for this week’s big clash with Tallygaroopna.

Grant Hateley and Will Holman are also expected back in the side in coming weeks.

Score: 10.15 (75) lt Violet Town 15.7 (97).

Goals: D. Stirling 3; C. McCarthy, N. Thomas 2; A. Green, J. Rowlands, P. Arandt.

Best: D. Stirling, M. Morgan, P. Arandt, S. Tyers, L. Drummond, M. Thomas.

RESERVES

Avenel powered to a 34-point lead by quarter-time against Violet Town and never looked back, cruising to a 53-point win.

Avenel’s defence was superb, allowing the Towners just four goals for the match, while Nathan Woods was the star up forward for the Swans, kicking three majors.

Matt Smith staked his claim for a senior recall with an impressive performance, which culminated in two majors. Cody Hogan was the other multiple goal scorer, also with two goals.

With two rounds to go, the Swans are in a fight for sixth spot on the ladder with Girgarre, which they trail by percentage only.

Score: Avenel 11.17 (83) d Violet Town 4.6 (30).

Goals: N. Woods 3; M. Smith, C. Hogan 2; T. Woods, S. Van Duinen, C. Lyons, C. Lovett.

Best: C. Cates, J. Nipperess, B. Williams, N. Woods, L. McKenzie, S. Richardson.

THIRDS

With Violet Town unable to field a thirds side this season, Avenel enjoyed the week off.

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