SWIFTS returned to the winners’ list in a big way on Saturday, with an 18.15.123 to 5.8.38 win.
With a 118-point loss to Harrow-Balmoral the previous week firmly in players’ minds, the Baggies welcomed the return of Liam Scott and Adam Leslie and sealed the deal against Noradjuha-Quantong to the tune of 85 points.
Scott, who missed last week’s encounter due to illness, slotted eight goals.
The win promotes Swifts clear into fifth place – ahead of Edenhope-Apsley and Kalkee, who are tied on five wins apiece – after 10 rounds.
Swifts coach Scott Carey said his team regrouped well.
“(During the week) we focused on trying to control the things we could play a part in – and that was being able to come out a week after getting a touch up and putting a good performance forward and, hopefully, carrying on for the rest of the year,” Carey said.
“We are really aiming to play finals football, so winning those later games is critical.”
Carey said leading into the encounter, he was wary of what the Bombers could achieve on their home turf.
“We really made a conscious effort to come out and get the lead early and kick on from there,” Carey said.
“(At halftime) we had a nice buffer, but at that stage we were still wary of what (the Bombers) would do.
“They kicked a few goals each quarter, which kept them in it.
“But to our boys’ credit, we took the game away after halftime and really made it our own.”
Bombers coach Heath Francis said the unavailability of four players in Jack Vague, Jason Kerr, Remy Cross and James Gregg hurt.
“They got the jump on us early. The first half was OK but they got away from us after halftime and we found it pretty difficult to score,” Francis said.
“Swifts move the ball pretty quickly and they were a bit too strong across the board for us.”
Cam Bruce was the standout for the Bombers, scoring four majors.
For Swifts, Angus Murray playing between the ruck and centre-half forward and Paul Enriquez and Marty Carey on the wing were important.
Coaching staff will assess Swifts players Andrew Cameron (concussion) and Nick Pickering (hamstring) throughout the week ahead of its game against Kalkee.
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