VS TWEED TIGERS AWAY
 

APRIL 6, 2019 AT Barry Sheppard Oval is located in Round Mountain

RESULTS OF ALL THREE GRADES BELOW WITH PHOTOS & LADDER
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By Philip Chilli Tsourlinis

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The Men's Reserves side started with up to 7 new faces with many never having stepped foot on to an Aussie Rules field before. The first half of footy was about getting everyone pushing through the motions and getting to understand each other in a warm 24°C morning in the Tweed Valley.

However the more experienced Tweed reserves got off to a Seven goal head start booting them all unanswered and with almost relative ease as the Swans were searching for any type of spark to ignite their season.

When the Reserves finally clicked and they found confidence, they were able to produce scoreboard pressure and rally hard to get back in to the game in the 3rd qtr, booting three straight goals. The difference came from the middle where the younger players really stepped up the pressure and were able to win important clearances and push the footy forward. 

Three goals each to Tey Appleton and Ben Hunt and other contributions around the ground from first gamer such as Rory Richardson out of defence and Liam Fitzpatrick on the ball put the Swans within one in goal in the dying minutes. However it wasn't enough as the siren sounded with Tweed winning a game they deserved to win by connecting well from the very beginning. However it was great signs for this young Swans reserves side that once clicked, looked great.

TWEED TIGERS      8.6.54

LISMORE SWANS  8.2.50

Photos of Men's RESERVES game by Adrian Etherson Photography
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On a long field like Barry Sheppard Oval and intertwined with the first game of the season with some typical mid Autumn heat, player management and team consistency would play a vital part in winning or losing this game. 

With new faces added to the squad, how the squad would work together was a big focal point for new coach Laura Cahill, especially as Tweed were hungry to avenge last seasons grand final loss to the Swans. From the start both teams really looked hungry to assert their authority on the game applying ressure around the contest and congesting the football up.

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On a long field like Barry Sheppard Oval and intertwined with the first game of the season with some typical mid Autumn heat, player management and team consistency would play a vital part in winning or losing this game. 

With new faces added to the squad, how the squad would work together was a big focal point for new coach Laura Cahill, especially as Tweed were hungry to avenge last seasons grand final loss to the Swans. From the start both teams really looked hungry to assert their authority on the game applying pressure around the contest and congesting the football up.

TWEED TIGERS      2.4.16

LISMORE SWANS  3.8.26

Photos of Women's game by Adrian Etherson Photography

It was the Swans who hit the scoreboard first with Laura Harradine kicking a goal after a fiercely contested passage of play in the Swans forward zone, and this forced the game to become more wide open, with plenty of run and carry from both sides making it a great contest to watch. Tweed connected well and hit many targets to apply lots of pressure coming forward, however the Swans back six stood tall, wth Georgina Morris denying the Tweeds forwards of any opportunity, and using her poise to always find a fellow Swan by foot to rebound the Swans back in to attack. Lilli Hutchings applied enormous pressure on all parts of the ground, tackling and winning contested ball and giving the Swans forwards plenty of feed in to the goal zone. Cintasha Warloo who was elevated from juniors looks set to become an very influential player having always created an exciting opportunity every-time she was near the footy, almost kicking the goal of the day when she elegantly picked up the footy with one hand and turned to snap at goal, just missing. 

 

For most of the game the Swans led by almost two goals and in the final quarter the Tigers kicked a goal to put the pressure on the Swans. However the key to the game was consistency in all parts of the field, and the Swans showed that by applying pressure constantly and eventually putting the game away late in the 4th qtr. New captain Maggie Riley was superb all game leading by example and producing a tackle in the late stages of the game which proved her commitment to never give up. Was that the example she was trying to set? if so, it is that type of effort which will go a long way in 2019. 

But, there are still 15 rounds to go before finals, and so much more to learn. Next week the Swans will play a revamped Byron Magpies who beat the Ballina Bombers, so get set for a fascinating round 2 at Oakes Oval.


 

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The Swans have had a core group stay together for a few years now, many of them young who have worked hard to further themselves in their skill, strength and fitness, so round 1 was  important in seeing yet again another pre-season of hard work play out on the footy field.

The Swans also have seen a number of new faces who have moved to Lismore join the club bringing some much needed footy experience and skill, so round 1 was a fascinating encounter against a Tweed side who love a challenge.
 

The temperature had hit the high 20's by the start of the game, so a consistent four quarters was important, and the Swans wasted no time hitting the scoreboard kicking the first 3 goals. The running game from the backhalf was a great sight to see, with the Swans playing inspirational and exciting footy, taking the game on to Tweed and winning most of the contested footy. Josh McGuiness and Matty Freeman were instrumental in applying pressure and forcing the turn over, with Paul Holden also winning the contested ball. Alex Walker looked dangerous when the ball got near him and inspirational efforts from the young brigade such as Michael Murray showed the Lismore fans that the 2019 Men's side has fantastic potential.

Having the smallest frame on the ground, and potentially the youngest player, Michael Murray produced a bump to remember against an opponent twice the size and age flattening both himself and his opponent. It was inspirational stuff from the young lad.
 

The Swans controlled the first half of footy and had a three goal lead throughout the 3rd quarter in a tough physical encounter. The Swans Men not having won a game in almost two years were desperate to break that stat and get a win on the board, but as the final quarter unfolded, play by play, Tweed started to connect well in all parts of the ground, as the Swans forward entry was turned over each time resulting in a Tweed forward zone entry, where the footy stayed for majority of the final term.

Tweed kicked four straight goals to put a knife in Swans hearts, producing a quality and resilient fightback that gave them the four points, and leaving the Swans crushed that another game got away. Coach Joey Mitchell was no doubt shattered and provided a very reasonable summary post game to the playing group. The message was realistic, but also positive knowing full well the squad showed mass improvement and that they can control a game and hit the scoreboard.

It's clear though, that when the team plays their natural style, they can produce a quality and exciting brand of football. Bring on next week against the reigning 3 time Premiers Byron Bay.

TWEED TIGERS      6.9.45

LISMORE SWANS  5.5.35

Photos of Men's game by Adrian Etherson Photography

 BYRON MAGPIES -      4

TWEED TIGERS -          4

LISMORE SWANS -      0

BALLINA BOMBERS -  0

After Rd 1 

BYRON MAGPIES -      4

LISMORE SWANS -      4

TWEED TIGERS -         0

BALLINA BOMBERS -  0

After Rd 1

 BYRON MAGPIES -      4

TWEED TIGERS -          4

LISMORE SWANS -      0

BALLINA BOMBERS -  0

After Rd 1

LADDER

2019 QFA NORTHERN RIVERS

LISMORE SWANS GOALKICKERS 2019

 T. APPLETON -            3

B. HUNT -                     3

C. MCGUINNESS -      1

D. SNART -                   1

After Rd 1 

L. HARRADINE -          2

E. STODDARD -          1

After Rd 1

A. BAKER -                    2

K. THOMPSON -          1

J. MCGUINNESS -        1

A. WALKER -                 1

After Rd 1

NEXT WEEK- RD 2 VS BYRON BAY AT HOME

TWEED TIGERS      8.6.54

LISMORE SWANS  8.2.50

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