By Liam Emerton
On a massive day for the club the Yeppoon Swans continued their AFL Capricornia domination with a 114th consecutive victory.
While the action off the field was ice-cold due to Gabe’s Freeze MND event the Swans on the field were red-hot winning 18.13 (121) – 0.4 (4).
The competition giants took on the BITS Saints at Swan Park but Yeppoon didn’t give the travellers any chance.
A 4.4 (28) to 0.0 first quarter set up the Swannies intentions from the get-go.
An even bigger 9.4 (58) – 0.1 (1) second stanza gave the home squad a massive 13.8 (86) – 0.1 (1) lead at the half.
A much better defensive effort from the Saints helped keep the Swans under control, with the squad only scoring 1.4 (10) to the BITS 0.1 (1) in the third.
Still leading by 14.12 (96) to 0.2 (2), Yeppoon put the final nail in the BITS’ coffin when they scored another four goals and one behind.
Holding the Saints to just two behinds in the final quarter meant the Swans kept the away side from scoring a goal for the entire game, a true showing of their own motivations.
Tyler Spencer’s four goals were the most scored by a Yeppoon player with Thomas Cossens and Leigh Cossens both scoring three goals.
The Swannies will be looking for their 115th next week when they collide with the Gladstone Suns.
The Suns hosted the Rockhampton Panthers in round eight but were knocked off by the on-fire Panthers.
Rockhampton led from the front early but by the start of the fourth quarter the score read 5.6 (36) – 4.10 (34).
But a defensive masterclass from the big cats in the fourth constricted the Suns to two behinds while the Panthers took the advantage by scoring three and one (19), to win 8.7 (55) – 4.12 (36).
Rocky’s incredible season started with five straight losses but now the side has won three on the trot.
Now that the side has pushed into the top four they have a big chance to make a massive impression by defeating the second-placed Glenmore Bulls.
The Bulls snuck home against the last-placed Brothers Kangaroos who came back firing in the final period.
The Kangaroos led 2.1 (13) to 1.2 (8) after the first quarter finished but found themselves behind by 23 points heading into the last stanza.
Scoring a game-high 6.3 (39) points in the final period, the Kanga’s bounced back but just fell short of the Bulls who completed the win by scoring 3.3 (21) to win 12.11 (83) – 12.6 (78).
With Glenmore able to survive that comeback they will be hoping for a better full-match performance against the Rockhampton squad this weekend.
And in the final game of round nine the BITS Saints and the Brothers Kangaroos will face off.
The Saints have sunk to third spot on the ladder and will need a victory to restart their season.
In the women’s competition after scoring their first win of the season the Gladstone Suns will try to double their 2022 victory tally against the league-leading Yeppoon Swans.
The Swans kept their undefeated streak alive by thrashing BITS Saints 15.12 (102) to 0.1 (1).
The Panthers, who suffered that loss against the Suns, will have to be perfect to bounce back when they clash with the second-placed Glenmore Bulls.
And the final match will see the Saints take on the Brothers Kangaroos.