Lismore Swans Men's Big Round 1 Win

24 APRIL, 2021, ROUND 1, OAKES OVAL LISMORE

The Swans Men’s squad recorded a massive 276 points win against newly formed Casino Lions yesterday at Oakes Oval for the Anzac Round game, and inaugural Anzac Shield between the two clubs.


It was the Swans and Lions first game in the NSW North Coast League (Swans were AFLQ prior) with the Swans running away 45-19-289 to  2-1-13 winners, and making some check the record books how this rates in Swannie victory margins (confirmation on this in coming days).

 

The Casino Lions reformed after an almost 12 year hiatus from local league football, and played a Lismore Swans team showing no remorse from the start.

It is not easy forming a new club in the Northern Rivers, and credit must go to the Casino Lions for successfully organising enough players and members to reignite Casino.

Solid performances from newcomers Jake McKenzie-Edwards, Haydn Wyatt and Tyran Mowbray as well as young brothers Harrison and James Ashby set the trend with contributions from so many players on the ground.

Star Swans forward Andrew Baker kicked 19 goals reminiscent of his days playing for Sporties Spitfires in the Northern Territory (AFLNT Hall of Fame member), and Captain Eoghan Mcnutt led all day with his on-field discipline and dedication.

 
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Coach Ashley Pritchard & Captain Eoghan Mcnutt hold the inaugural ANZAC Shield.

Photo by Laura Cahill

 

It was a good start to the season and win for new Coach Ashley Pritchard and he liked what he saw.

“I was really happy with our work rate and our desire to run and support each other” he said.

The win took some people back to the thumping the Swans would record against the Nimbin Demons almost two decades ago, and club President Laura Cahill is going through its history books to confirm where this margin rates in terms of victory margins.

“It is up there, and we have record books that can help us get the facts" said Cahill.


The Women's team had a Bye this weekend.

Next week the Swans take on Port Macquarie at Oakes Oval with Women’s opening their season at 1.20pm and Men’s at 2.50pm. 

Story by Philip Tsourlinis.