By Liam Emerton
The Yeppoon Swans survived a minor scare and produced a killer fourth quarter to see off a solid Gladstone Suns squad on Saturday.
A solid opening stanza from the Swans saw them kick 5.3 (33) to Gladstone’s 2.3 (15) before the Suns tightened things up.
Gladstone’s defence was impressive as Yeppoon managed 2.3 (15) to the Suns’ 2.1 (13), making the score 7.6 (48) – 4.4 (28).
Trailing by 20, the Suns needed to begin a strong comeback and they laid the groundwork for that in the third.
They won the period after half time by outscoring the Swans 3.2 (20) to 2.0 (12), bringing the home side’s lead to just two goals.
But those experienced Swans stood up and led Yeppoon home in the final quarter by choking Gladstone out of the contest.
The Swans left their best performance for the last quarter, scoring 5.6 (36) and keeping Gladstone goalless (0.1).
That meant the defending champions took out a 14.12 (96) – 7.7 (49) victory over the Suns.
Josh Mckee scored six goals in that win, the best of any player on the field.
The Swans now look towards the winless Rockhampton Panthers in round four of the AFL Capricornia.
The Panthers suffered a rough 16.12 (108) – 7.11 (53) loss to the Glenmore Bulls in round three.
It was the third straight loss for the Panthers who have had the worst start to the season than any other team in the competition.
And it will be hard to see them improving this round when they battle against the almost unstoppable Swans.
The team who stopped their losing streak by beating the Panthers, the Glenmore Bulls, will want to maintain that winning feeling.
But they take on the BITS Saints in the most intriguing match of round four.
The Saints, alongside the Swans, are one of two undefeated teams left in the competition.
Their most recent win came against the Brothers Kangaroos on Saturday which showed true character from the Boyne Tannum side.
After leading the first 4.1 (25) – 2.5 (17) the BITS fell off and allowed the Kangaroos to surge back and take a 6.7 (41) – 5.2 (32) half time lead.
But back-to-back ruthless quarters from the Saints saw them score 8.5 (53) to Brothers’ 2.2 (14) to score a 13.7 (85) – 7.10 (52).
That win leads the Saints nicely into a big clash against the competition’s 2021 runners up.
And finally the Brothers Kangaroos will collide with the Gladstone Suns with both teams looking to bounce back after round three losses.
In the women’s AFL Capricornia competition the Yeppoon Swans continued their great run by knocking off Gladstone Suns 17.10 (112) – 0.1 (1).
They face the Rockhampton Panthers in round four while the Suns clash with Rockhampton Brothers.
And in the final game of the women’s comp the BITS Saints take on the defending champions, the Glenmore Bulls.