Swifts sit third after defeating Saints

SWIFTS claimed another big early-season scalp by defeating Edenhope-Apsley at home on Saturday.

The Baggies now have three wins from as many games and are third on the ladder.

It was tough going on Saturday, with plenty of congestion around the ball and both teams going in hard.

The Baggies gained the ascendancy in the second quarter by feeding the ball to their speedy outside players .

They booted six goals to two in the second term to grab a 22-point advantage, setting up the final victory margin of 18 points.

Swifts' Aaron Chavasse moved into the ruck with great effectiveness after spending time at full back, and Justin Thomas and Ricky Whitehead did well across the half-back line.

Bernard Kealy, Brent Christie and Will Middleton were good in the middle for the Saints, and Cameron Domaschenz was used around the ground.

While Swifts have been known for their quick ball movement, Baggies co-coach Ben Martin said it was pleasing to know his players could win in a congested, physical match.

"It probably wasn't a great game to watch with all the congestion, but it was a workman-like win," he said.

Edenhope-Apsley coach Grant Coxon said the club was disappointed not to walk away with a win, but had not been disgraced.

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