Harcourt hands Natte first loss

Sam Gale gets a handball away from a pack of Natte Bealiba players in Harcourtʼs big win over the Swans on Saturday.

Harcourt has announced itself as a genuine premiership threat, taking down former MCDFNL ladder leaders Natte Bealiba by 43 points on Saturday.

The Lions dominated in every area of the ground at Harcourt Recreation Reserve, amassing 30 shots on goal to 12 to post a major 10.20 (80) to 5.7 (37) upset win and hand Natte its first defeat of the season.

The maiden loss for 2018 means Natte Bealiba has relinquished its grip on the ladder’s top position, a position it has held since round five after defeating Carisbrook in a run of 11 consecutive victories that came to an end on Saturday.

The Swans now remain six premiership points clear of Harcourt in third ahead of a crunch game with long-time rivals Navarre this coming Saturday.

Harcourt was simply too polished and too quick for the Swans at the weekend, winning the game from the midfield.

The Lions also defended stoutly and the greater pressure up the ground meant Natte rarely managed to send the ball accurately to forward targets.

Such was Harcourt’s pressure and energy, the tired-looking Swans didn’t kick a goal until the third quarter, and by that stage, the game was essentially over.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, July 24.

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