Bruised Swans battle to beat Talbot

Nathan Meade shows his endeavour as he handballs before a tackle from Luke Kemp.

Natte Bealiba has booked a preliminary final showdown against Navarre after the Swans clawed their way to victory against a spirited Talbot in Sunday’s second semi final.

Missing a number of key players through injury, the Swans were forced to stave off a final quarter fightback from the Hawks in order to secure their place in the penultimate round of finals, booking a prelim berth with a 15.6 (96) to 12.9 (81) victory.

A scrappy opening term handed the Swans a 12-point lead at the first break, before that margin was extended to 25 points at halftime on the back of a four-goal to two second term, as the Swans’ superior speed and skills came to the fore.

The Hawks managed to stay in touch however, with the Swans extending their lead by just two points with one term left to play.

With their season on the line, and nothing to lose, the Hawks threw everything they could at the tiring Swans, with the two sides going blow-for-blow for much of the term.

The gap proved a bridge too far for Talbot to make up in the final term, with the Swans securing their first finals win of 2017 by 15 points.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 5.

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