CKS Swifts strike back

CKS Swifts utility, Ricky Whitehead, takes a strong contested mark in his team's clash with Noradjuha Quantong. Picture: MARK McMILLAN

CKS Swifts utility, Ricky Whitehead, takes a strong contested mark in his team's clash with Noradjuha Quantong. Picture: MARK McMILLAN

CKS SWIFTS showed jubilation as they returned to the winner's list in the Horsham District Football League with a comfortable nineteen goal win over Noradjuha Quantong.

The past two weeks have seen Swifts commit costly errors which have resulted in them losing. On Saturday their errors were few and far between.

After two consecutive losses Swifts joint coach Ben Martin was thrilled to take the four points.

"I'm really happy to be back on the winner's list," Martin said.

"It wasn't just that we won, it was how we went about it. Our delivery into our forwards was first class."

From the outset Swifts looked to have a dangerous mindset, even more so when their coach was involved in a scuffle.

Martin and a Noradjuha Quantong opponent were both sent to the sin bin following the exchange.

While it took the full 15 minutes for Martin to shake off some dizziness and regain his composure, when he returned he was a force to be reckoned with.

Martin began to lead strongly to the ball and with improved efficiency going inside fifty, he was able to take some telling marks.

Julian Carr also reaped the rewards, taking several contested marks.

The forwards were standout performers on the day, with Martin finishing with eight goals in a best on ground performance and Carr booting seven of his own.

The first quarter consisted on many hesitations which meant Swifts led by a narrow six point margin.

Swifts were able to pull away in the second quarter, kicking nine goals to Noradjuha Quantong's two.

"We really lifted in the second quarter and started playing instinctively," Martin said.

"The effort was also up from the last couple of weeks. Players were putting in second and third efforts which pleased us."

Noradjuha Quantong had certainly come to play, but were no match for Swifts as they ran out winners 25.11.161 to 6.11.47.

Apart from Martin and Carr, Sean Mantell's brilliant season continued.

"Mantell's run and carry was awesome," Martin said.

"He just broke tackles all day and then used the football well."

Matt Healy was good for Swifts in the ruck and was a physical presence around the ground.

At a young age he will continue to develop and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Ricky Whitehead has found some form now and was particularly impressive through the middle and off half back.

Kyle Ryan, who is just 16 years old, played in his first senior game after earning best on ground honours in the juniors.

"It's really pleasing to have another youngster taste senior football," Martin said.

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