Natte Bealiba’s desire to have another crack at the cup was sounded loud and clear on Sunday with a dominant first half which carried the Swans to preliminary final victory over Lexton.
The Swans didn’t muck around at the weekend, quickly notching up a 6.5 (41) to 1.0 (6) lead in the opening quarter of the day in the race for a grand final ticket.
Natte maintained that intense pressure until half time, conceding just one goal while kicking 3.1 to lead by 48 points at the major break.
The Tigers knew something had to change in the final half if they were going to stage a fight back against a strong and overarching Natte Bealiba.
Returning to the ground with gusto for the third quarter, Lexton battled hard for more than half the term before slotting its third goal for the day that would kick off the side’s best quarter yet.
The Tigers outscored the Swans 5.1 (31) to 3.2 (20) in the third, chipping the deficit down by 11 points by three quarter time.
Lexton’s five-goal haul narrowed the gap to a reachable 37 points ahead of the final quarter, but luckily for Natte, its dominant first quarter advantage made it too hard for the Tigers to get too close.
For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 10