Swans fly to top of ladder
COFFS SWANS 97, SAWTELL/TOORMINA 73
THE Swans have claimed top spot on the table thanks to a remarkable come from behind victory against reigning premier Sawtell/Toormina.
When the Saints kicked their ninth goal at the 17 minute mark of the second term, they led by 35 points and looked set to run away with a comfortable victory.
Jai Hardy had returned from injury and kicked five goals up front and if his goalkicking skills were a bit better, Sawtell could've led by more.
From nowhere though, the Swans found some momentum to kick six unanswered goals in the third term to take a five point lead into the final break.
Reed didn't give a magic speech at the break that will go down in the annals like the Gettysburg Address but rather the playing coach thinks the turnaround stemmed from a better balance around the ground. "We just couldn't get a decent forward line going in the first half, no matter what I tried we were breaking down across half forward," he explained.
"We were missing a couple of talls and couldn't get the right balance but when they took Tristan McCormack off we matched up better across the back."
Reed also moved centre half-forward Peter Chadwick into the ruck and from that point on players like Matt Lane were able to drive the ball out of the middle to wrest control of the match for the Swans.
"Once we got the run on going our confidence built up and we were running first," Reed continued.
"As most people know, when you chase the opposition you don't win and in the second half they were chasing us."
Two weeks ago Sawtell were looking world beaters but two losses in a row has brought them back to the field but Saints coach Russ Matthews says the players only have themselves to blame and only the players themselves can stop the losing run from continuing.
"I've been saying to the boys that you don't win games unless you put the hard work in," he fumed.
"That's where it is at the moment because we've got guys playing on a Saturday but training during the week or willing to put in the hard work."