Swans fight for close one-point win

Peter de KruijffPilbara News
South Hedland Swans' Jaiden McDonald kicks out of danger.
Camera IconSouth Hedland Swans' Jaiden McDonald kicks out of danger. Credit: Pilbara News

South Hedland Swans held on for their first win of the season by the skin of their beaks as a single point decided their home match against the travelling Dampier Sharks.

It was an even contest on the scoreboard with Swans snagging the final goal in the dying minutes of the fourth in a see-saw 25 minutes of play that ended 10.10 (70) to 10.9 (69).

The South's supporting crowd enjoyed a hard game with plenty of hits and tension, although players from both teams were left scratching their heads over a few umpire decisions throughout the match.

Sharks were up a goal at the end of the first quarter and looked strong for the second but Swans didn't turn away from the contest.

Steele Vitti proved to be an albatross on the shoulder of defences as he snagged three goals under pressure from the Sharks' backline.

Swans coach Steven Jacobs, who filled in at the league position and had to back up from the reserves game on the sideline, said it was a good game but put the league side on notice saying more league players needed to get to training.

The match was possibly one of the last games for a long time for Shark Travis Feist, who was surprised by his spot on the league roster and responded with two goals.

Zac Langdon booted three goals in the match while his brother James Rhodes nabbed two, both will have bragging rights over middle brother Guy Langdon who only kicked one.

Shane Beros, Kyle Edwards and Eric Snook all kicked a goal each for Swans.

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