Young guns shine for Swifts

Sam Chatfield.
Sam Chatfield.

Swifts moved clear into third position on the Horsham District Football League ladder with a comfortable 152-point victory over Pimpinio on Saturday.

The Baggies were never tested as they won 26.22.178 to 4.2.26.

Swifts made light work of the win-less Tigers, keeping the bottom placed side scoreless for the first term.

Baggies coach Scott Carey said starting well was crucial for his side.

“We knew the conditions were going to be tough, so we made an effort to take advantage of them while we could,” he said.

Swifts had 18 scoring shots in the first term, but could only manage six goals. 

“We probably did not adjust to the conditions well,” Carey said.

“We kicked the ball a bit wide inside 50 which was not ideal.”

Swifts straightened up for the remainder of the game, kicking 20.10 in the next three quarters.

Carey said he was happy with how his side played in the wet weather.

“We played reasonably in the conditions. I’m pretty pleased with how the game panned out,” he said.

“We started to make it easier for our forwards to kick truly by getting the ball to them in good areas.”

The highlight of the game for Swifts was the senior debut of under 17 players Josh Cox and Sam Chatfield. 

“We were very impressed with the young guys on debut,” Carey said. 

“Josh played off a wing and moved the ball nicely.”

Chatfield was a standout in his first senior game, booting five goals as Swifts’ second best player. 

“To be able to kick five goals on debut is outstanding,” Carey said. 

“He is a bottom age under 15 player, so it is a huge effort for a kid that young to do so well.

“The club has a bright future with kids like Josh and Sam coming through.”

Andrew Cameron booted a bag of seven goals, taking his season tally to 63.