Swifts smash Pimpinio by 160 points | pictures, photos

A strong breeze at Pimpinio helped the Tigers early on in their clash with Swifts but not enough to cause an upset result on Saturday.

The home side led by one-point at the first-break, with both sides managing two goals.

It was a Swifts show after the first quarter however, keeping the Tigers scoreless in the second while booting 10 goals to take a 67-point half-time lead.

Pimpinio kicked another two goals with the wind in the third term but by this stage the Baggies had found enough momentum to continue to build the lead.

The final quarter followed a similar storyline to the second, with Swifts kicking 10 goals from 24 scoring shots as the Tigers remained scoreless.

Our forward line has been pretty dangerous in recent weeks

Scott Carey

The Baggies finished in front 27.26 (188) to 4.4 (28).

“The breeze made things difficult early on and Pimpinio came out and put their best foot forward,” Swifts coach Scott Carey said.

“Once we adjusted to the conditions we got on top and moved the ball well down to our forwards.”

Zach Salmi was the standout player of the match, booting 11 goals for the Baggies.

“Zach (Salmi) was really strong with his marking and got into great scoring positions,” Carey said.

“He played the majority of the match across half-forward but the great thing about Zach is we can rotate him on the ball as well.”

Ryan Folkes was also impressive in his return from an ankle injury, booting three goals rotating from the midfield into the forward 50.

”Ryan is really starting to gear up now that he has a lot more trust in his ankle,” Carey said.

“He was moving really well on Saturday which is good news for us.”

Saturday’s match against Pimpinio was also an opportunity for two young Baggies to play their first senior game. 

Nick Decker and Jaxon Healy were given chances in the firsts and they impressed their coach.

“Jaxon came on to the half-forward and the win and contributed very well in his first game,” Carey said.

“He will be given plenty more senior opportunities throughout the season.

“Nick was also very good coming in for his first game as a late change.”

Although winning comfortably by 160 points in  the end, Carey said Saturday’s result highlights the volatility of his side’s forward line.

“Our forward line has been pretty dangerous in recent weeks,” he said.

“We haven’t been relying on one or two players, anyone that gets their hands on the ball has the ability to hit the scoreboard.”

The big win boosts Swifts’ percentage by nearly 20 per cent. They now sit in fourth, 14 points clear of seventh-placed Laharum with six rounds remaining.

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