Swifts 125 d Rupanyup 46
SWIFTS put the icing on their centenary celebrations with a 79-point win over Rupanyup at North Park.
Neither team walked away disappointed at the conclusion of the game.
The young Panthers put up a fight in the first half before tiring, and the Baggies got the big win their home crowd wanted.
Played in wet conditions, the game started slowly before Swifts gained momentum after the main break.
Julian Carr took control of the Baggies’ forward-50, taking strong marks and converting for four goals.
At the other end of the ground, the Panthers had a big target of their own for the first time all season.
Cameron Taylor returned from a badly broken thumb to play his first game of the year, but the luckless forward broke his arm in the first quarter.
He battled on to kick five goals, but will likely face another extended stint on the sidelines.
David Lang turned in another great effort for the visitors.
Swifts coach Paul Hanns said it was not the best performance from his team, but a satisfying one nonetheless.
“We started off a little bit slow, and the wet weather didn’t help things,” he said.
“It would have been better if it had been played on a warmer day to get a real finals-like atmosphere, but the crowd was spectacular.
“They turned up and gave us great support, and you can’t fault them.”
Rupanyup coach Mick Finnigan said his players walked out with their heads high.
“It was an interesting game, but in the end they’re a little bit classier than we are,” he said.
“I told our boys we’re getting closer each week, and we continued to improve again.”