The West London Wildcats are keeping it consistent with another 120 odd point win for the third week running. The powerhouse of AFL London is proving to remain strong throughout their Premier, Conference and Social teams, with all teams sitting at the top of the tables.
The first quarter opened with a tight contest in the midfield but some great running saw a fast pace set at the get go with Higgs kicking the first for the Wildcats within the first minute. First gamer, James Thompson demonstrated why he was chosen, coming away as leading goal kicker with a lazy five, followed by Ward bagging four and Higgs concluding with three. Putting the pressure on all day, Wildcat, Shepherd, and his defensive effort in particular, saw the Swans work hard but struggled to penetrate the backline. Keeping them to a mere two points at the major break, the Wildcats went into the third with a 73 point lead.
The second half saw the London Swans share the love, coming away with four goals. Standing out in the midfield for the Swans, McConnell, made a positive impact in what seem like an impossible feat along with debutant, Kalms; both coming away with a goal each. The Round 4 clash also saw Graham-Bowman suit up against his old side and made his presence known. The game took an interesting turn with an additional ‘rover’ of the canine kind making an appearance. The dog made some long searching runs around the ground, chasing the ball, much to the amusement of the sizable crowd that had gathered at the ground. The ‘rover’ soon tired though and left the ground with no possessions or score to its name.
Chris Angus from the London Swans expressed his expectations, “The Wildcats were the well drilled unit we were expecting, and their depth was evident along with the style of play that is well ingrained into them.” With the difference between the Wildcats European and non-European players being barely existent the London Swans were impressed with the quality of football exhibited. Conway, from the Wildcats, was especially a standout having an excellent game in only his second match.
Player coach for the Wildcats, Nathan Costley was pleased with the boy’s performance and was happy “to see the boys stick to game plan and structure for four quarters today” with the match concluding 23.18.156 to 4.5.29 in the Wildcats favour taking them into the top of the table clash in Round 5 undefeated.
In the Conference division the London Swans also couldn’t do enough to stop the dominant Wildcats seconds team, The Shepherds Bush Raiders, who came away with a 117 point win. It wasn’t all bad news for the London Swans, having a strong finish to the day by taking out the much anticipated boat race down at the local!
WEST LONDON WILDCATS: 23.18 (156)
LONDON SWANS: 4.5 (29)
WEST LONDON WILDCATS – GOAL SCORERS: Thomson 5, Ward 4 Higgs 3, Duryea 3, Fiffe 2, O’Brien 2, Merrigan 1, McNulty 1, Brackstone 1, Daly 1
LONDON SWANS – GOAL SCORERS: Kalms 1, McConnell 1, Jennings 1, Tarca 1
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Rover the dog
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