Swifts defeat Noradjuha-Quantong in boil-over | 2017 HDFNL under-17 grand final

TWO seasons after Noradjuha-Quantong upset an undefeated under-17s Swifts side to win the premiership the roles were reversed on Saturday.

The Stawell based side were clinical in the way they dispatched the Bombers to win 11.13 (79) to 3.3 (21).

Swifts coach Tim Chatfield said he was lost for words shortly after the win.

“I’m honestly pretty emotional,” he said. “It’s been a long, long year. I’ve spent three years at the club and we’ve finally come away with a win which is very special.”

The Swifts jumped out of the gate to establish a 19-point lead at quarter time and the side continued to build on its momentum during the second quarter. Noradjuha-Quantong were struggling under the pressure applied by the Swifts and could not add to the two behinds they scored in the first quarter. It was more of the same for the pre-game favourites in the third quarter. The side managed just one goal as the Swifts continued to create opportunities which resulted in a further three goals and three behinds.

“We knew we were the underdogs coming into today’s game but I just wanted our boys to stay positive,” Chatfield said. “They really believed in themselves as players and as a collective 22. We won the first two finals through sheer pressure and today was the best I’ve seen the team move the ball.”

The last quarter allowed the Swifts to extended their lead to 58-points and claim the premiership.

Ben Davis won best on ground medal but Chatfield said there was plenty of contributors. “Our back six was outstanding, our midfield went man on man all day and won the hard ball,” he said. “Our forward six was competitive all day.”