The Griffith Swans have taken out their second victory of the season in their match against the Narrandera Eagles.
The game was played hard by both sides, but the Swans ultimately took the victory with 74 points to the Eagles 45. The Swans took home 11 goals and eight behinds, while the Eagles trailed with 9 behinds but only six goals.
Both teams were sitting towards the bottom of the ladder, with the Swans sitting at ninth with just one win for the season, and the Eagles not far ahead in eighth, making it unclear which team exactly was supposed to be the underdog.
While the early minutes proved promising for the Eagles with an early goals and solid control of the ball, the Swans played strongly and kept them from getting too far ahead, consistently evening the score and at the end of the first quarter, Griffith trailed by just two behinds.
The second quarter marked a huge comeback for the team, taking home two goals in the first three minutes and rocketing ahead to a 21-11 lead.
By the time the Eagles had recovered from such an impressive turnaround and scored another goal of their own, the Swans had already extended their lead and they settled the first half with a very comfortable 16 point lead.
It was after half-time that the game got dicier for the Swans. Griffith took another two goals but Narrandera came back with a vengeance and narrowed the gap with four goals, leaving the Swans just a few points ahead and losing the ball just seconds away from clinching a surefire victory.
The final quarter proved to be in the Swans favour however, and the team shot ahead to a 29-point victory and their second victory of the season with just one match to go.
Coach Greg Dreyer said that the victory was especially good to see due to the young players on the field.
"It was good, it was nice to get a win. It was a really young side, we've got a couple who are just 17 out there today and they played well," he said.
"Good to see that the young fellas can compete at that level, it's a good foundation for the next years. We'll have a good base of footy players coming up."
He added that the third quarter was tricky and had them on the ropes but commended the team for weathering it strongly and maintaining their lead. He was pleased with the team's progress through the season, and looking forward to bringing the team in for the next season.
The Swans will be up against the Turvey Park Bulldogs next week for the final match of the season, with the Narrandera Eagles facing the Coolamon Rovers.
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