Swans shock Wildcats with historic win

Swans shock Wildcats with historic win

AFTER a big win against the North London Lions in the previous round, the London Swans recorded another huge win this week by beating the previously undefeated West London Wildcats.

AFTER a big win against the North London Lions in the previous round, the London Swans recorded another huge win this week by beating the previously undefeated West London Wildcats.

It was a momentous day for the London club that has been on the upwards spiral for the last few seasons (kicked off with a great Anzac Cup victory in 2010) and proved the Swans are really starting to come of age.

Under the guidance of ex Carlton player Anthony Rasso, as well as his back room support of Chris Angus and Liam Main to name just a few, the Swans are lifting themselves into the upper echelon of the AFL London league which is a fantastic sign for the competition. Best for the Swannies on ground were Grayson Stopp, Dean Janssen as well as Simon Hayes with four match winning goals. To understand the significance of the victory, the last and only ever time the club has defeated the Wildcatsdates way back to the 1998 season when the Sussex Swans beat the Wildcats at their previous home down at Crawley Rugby club (near Gatwick).

In the earlier game, the undefeated Shepherds Bush Raiders had to boot four goals in the last quarter to run out five point winners over the London Swans. And in the Social division down at Reading, the Roos inflicted the Emus first defeat of the season to confine the West London club to one of their worst days for a fair while.

In an incredibly close round, the other two games in the Premiership division were decided by one point in each game, which just shows the quality of the teams in the 2011 competition. Similarly, two of the three Conference games were decided by less than a kick, in what was an amazing round of AFL London footy.

North London had to do it tough and come from three goals down at three quarter time to defeat an inaccuratePutney Magpies. The Pies had 23 scoring shots to 14 but couldn’t quite hold onto their lead when the Lions charged. Chris Capsalis continued his awesome early season form, whilst Kurt Cadman and Adam Littlechild with four goals were also in good touch for the victors.

The Regents Park Lions came from behind to defeat the Hammersmith Magpies while the Bounds Green Lions completed a clean sweep for the North London club with their large victory over the Fulham Magpies.

In the final premiership game of the round, inaccurate kicking in the last quarter almost cost the Wandsworth Demons the game when they kicked one goal and eight behinds to just sneak across the line against theWimbledon Hawks who were looking for the second shock update of the round. Best for the Demons were Jason Wood and Sam Bates with three goals, whilst Jason Elliot, George Marshall (three goals) and old warhorse Nick Katsivelos battled hard all day for the Hawkers.

In the Conference game, the Clapham Demons continued their strong start to the season and the Dees made it a clean sweep for the day with victory in the social game that took them to the top of the league ladder after their victory over the Balham Hawks.

All eyes now turn to Round 5 of the season where some fast and furious AFL London action is guaranteed!

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