On a warm autumn day, the Swifts and Taylors Lake battled out a tough contest in their annual Indigenous Round clash in round six of the HDFNL season.
Taylors Lake are yet to win a match in the 2021 season, but they were full of fight on their home deck, making the Swifts work hard for the four points.
The Swifts raced out of the blocks, with four quick goals to start the contest, but the Lakers worked their way back into the match.
In the second quarter the Lakers got on top and cut the margin to just 17 points at half-time.
After the break the Swifts got moving and ran away with a 38-point win, 15.14 (104) to 10.6 (66).
Todd Matthews was again on fire up forward, booting a bag of seven goals and dishing off several others.
Some of the Swifts young guns also got in on the action with Jack Cann snagging a goal on senior debut, while Hamish Smith also kicked two of his own.
The Swifts had a number of key players stand up on the day with Liam Scott, Scott Carey and Jakob Salmi all key players for the Swifts.
The Swifts have a 4-2 record and sit fourth on the HDFNL senior football ladder with a big fortnight ahead.
In the next two weeks the Swifts will face season defining matches, as they travel to Jeparit to take on the fifth-place Storm, then hosting third-placed Kalkee in round eight.
The Swifts netballers are also preparing for an important stretch of games in the lead up to the Queen's Birthday bye with Jeparit Rainbow and Kalkee sitting sixth and fifth respectively in the A Grade competition.
The A Grade had a bye in round six with Taylor's Lake unable to field a side in the 2021 season, but Swifts A Grade coach Kristie Dodds said her team will be ready to take on the Storm.
"It will be a big game this week as Jeparit Rainbow are sitting level with us on the ladder," she said.
"Our main focus and goal this week against the Storm will be to make sure we hold possession of our own centre passes and reward any turnovers.
"We're a completely new team this year on the court, my hopes for the players are to continue to build on our momentum as team, maintain positive mindsets and enjoy netball after having the time off.
"After having another week off due to Taylors Lake not fielding an A grade side this year we'll be keen to get in some game play during the training sessions against our B graders leading into this weeks match."
Dodds said despite the tough match against Laharum in round five, her side were able to take some positives from it.
"Laharum are very strong unit undefeated on top of the ladder, you can tell that that have been playing as a team for many years and have had minimal changes to their side," she said.
"In saying that the players mentioned that the score line didn't reflect how the game felt on court, as we thought our defensive pressure was also impressive, but at times we didn't convert on the turnovers."
Round seven fixtures
- Edenhope Apsley v Kalkee
- Harrow Balmoral v Taylors Lake
- Jeparit Rainbow v Swifts (at Jeparit)
- Kaniva Leeor United v Pimpinio
- Natimuk United v Laharum
- Noradjuha Quantong v Rupanyup