Swifts defeat Taylors Lake in club legend Jake Goodes' final appearance

THE Swifts bid farewell to club legend Jake Goodes on Saturday in style, registering an 89-point win against Taylors Lake in front of its home crowd. 

After 15 years at the club, Goodes announced prior to Saturday’s game that it would be his last for the Swifts. 

The Lakers did not let the Swifts have it all their own way, and battled hard to be within 29 points of the Swifts at half time.

Swifts coach Scott Carey said the Lakers played well for much of the game.

“It certainly wasn’t all one-way traffic and Taylors Lake put up a good fight for three quarters,” he said.

“We were able to out muscle them in the final quarter and we played some good team football.”

The Swifts ran away with the win in the second half as a young Lakers side tired, piling on six goals in the third and fourth quarters to win 21.18 (144) to 8.7 (55).

Andrew Cameron finished with six goals for the Swifts, while Zach Armer and Ben Taylor kicked four each.

Jye Smith and Jake Bunworth both kicked two goals each for Taylors Lake.

Carey said the win was a fitting way to send off Goodes, who kicked three goals of his own.

“Our boys really picked up a bit in the final quarter,” he said.

“We put Jake Goodes down forward in the final quarter to spring everyone to life a bit. It couldn’t have been a better outcome for him.

“He kicked three goals in the last quarter and each one of them everyone celebrated with him. It was well deserved for an excellent career.”