Southport Sharks 4.0 5.3 6.6 6.7.43
Sydney Swans 5.4 7.4 10.8 20.11.131
Goal Kickers – Manteit 2, Wilkinson 2, Thurlow 1, Hancock 1
Best Players – Manteit, Thurlow, Hancock, Wilkinson, Davis
Southport have given up top spot on the NEAFL ladder after a last quarter capitulation against the Swans at the SCG. The writing was on the wall early as Sydney kicked two goals in the opening two minutes. We spent most of the opening quarter inside defensive 50, but managed to scramble four goals from limited inside 50 opportunities. Josh Baxter was knocked out in a sickening head clash late in the term and would take no further part in the game.
The second term was a dour struggle. Missed tackles were really hurting us but we managed to hold the Swans to two goals. Boston was injured when pushed into the fence and had no impact on the game thereafter. Our only major came after the half time siren as Tom Wilkinson kicked a team lifter from long range.
The Swans opened with three early goals but the third term was a stalemate from that point on. We went to three quarter time 26 points down and our ability to score goals had all but dried up.
What transpired in the last quarter was just plain embarrassing. Sydney slammed on ten unanswered goals in what was our worst quarter for the season. Thankfully, we have a bye this weekend which will allow us to freshen up in preparation for a big home game against the Gold Coast SUNS on June 2nd.
NEXT WEEK- BYE
NEXT GAME- ROUND 9
Southport V Gold Coast SUNS
Saturday 2nd June, 12.00pm
Photo courtesy of @TJYelds