Swans blitz Roos in powerhouse finish
By CHRIS McKINLEY
WITH seven minutes remaining in the first half, the Coffs Swans led North Coffs by nine points and a large crowd gathered at Advocate Park thought they were about to witness a tight, dour tussle in the second half.
By the time the half time siren rang, those thoughts had disappeared.
A purple patch of six successive goals in seven minutes to the Swans opened up a massive 45 point lead at the main break and the match was as good as over.
Any aspirations that North Coffs held of proving that they're a true title contender in 2006 disappeared in an instant of power football from the Swans.
A quick check of the best players' list for the Swans shows the benefit of a hard summer put in by the club's administration.
Most of Saturday's stars were players who weren't with the Swans last season but have been brought across with an aggressive recruiting policy.
Jay Guthrie has only recently joined the Swans from Ballarat and his work in the midfield made him the shining light of the day.
Strong marking around the ground as well as being able to push forward to kick five goals easily made him the best player on the ground.
Tristan Snow is a dangerous footballer at the best of times but when he's left alone for long periods in the forward line he'll carve any opposition up as evidenced by his four goal return.
When quizzed about the new recruits, playing coach Jeff Reed summed them all up quite easily.
"They're from the football playing state," he said with a dash of Victorian pride.
"They've got a football playing brain and pretty much that's 90 per cent of football."
Running the legs off their opponents, Reed also hopes that a perception about his team has now been laid to rest.
"I wouldn't say that we're an old team like others do," he said.
"We're reasonably fit, we have good numbers at training and the week off has probably helped a few guys get over niggles.
"Most of all it was pleasing that everyone did their part, if everyone does their bit then that's how good sides should win."
Kangaroos' coach Darren Funston found it extremely difficult to hide his disappointment at the 74 point loss but when asked for a comment, his response definitely came from outside the usual paradigm.
"It's been a while since I've watched a science fiction movie but I think the Martians have finally landed on this planet," he said.
"Some of the decisions that I saw from people today who usually know better just weren't human, so I think you could put forward an argument that there's martians on earth and they've infiltrated North Coast football."