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IC17 Womens Round 2- Swans victorious over Vonu!

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The GB Swans have continued their winning ways in the IC17, fending off a last quarter fightback from Fiji to record a 9­‐point victory, taking them to 2/2 and leaving them in poll position for a semi-final spot!

Fiji vs Great Britain- 9/8/17
1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Fiji Vonu  0.3 1.3  3.4  3.6 (24)
 GB Swans  2.0  4.1  4.2  5.3 (33)

GB Goalkickers: D Saulter 3, Sellar, Bailey.

GB BEST: Wilson, D. Saulter, Hocking, Bailey, Ramadan, Sellar.

It took only minutes to become clear that the Swans wouldn’t be allowed the sort of freedom afforded by Pakistan in their thumping win on Sunday, as the Fijians’ spirited attack on the

The GB Swans running through their banner made by students at Peninsula Grammar.

The GB Swans running through their banner made by students at Peninsula Grammar.

ball and the player on display – but the Swans, led by Frankie Hocking and the tireless Lisa Wilson (Wimbledon Hawks), matched them in the clinches.

It seemed that the Swans had left their goal kicking inaccuracy in Round 1 as a trifecta of stunning majors from sharpshooter Danni Saulter (Nottingham Scorpions) the first a sublime snap from a contest in the pocket, the second a clever soccer from close range, and the last a long­‐range snap that took a miraculous bounce through the big sticks ­‐ saw the Swans register the first four goals of the game. In a snapshot of what was a tightly fought first half, Wilson was collected front-­on by a Fiji player on the wing, managing to not only bounce back to her feet, play on from the free kick and continue the match unimpeded, but continually throw herself at the contest time and time again, despite having her jaw checked on the sidelines immediately after.

The Vonu were their own worst enemies and hampered themselves by inaccurate kicking for goal-­ with no fewer than five balls sailing out on the full in the first quarter and a half-­ the Swans only needed to take their own chances to forge an early lead. It took until late in the second term for the Swans to concede their first goal of the tournament and this gave them a renewed energy surging back into the game, and keeping the Swans goalless in the third quarter to draw the margin back to just four points going into Q4.

The Swans’ ferocious attack on the ball proved the difference in the end, with stand out player Lisa Wilson’s toughness and determination allowing the Swans to win crucial contests with the match on the line and Beth Bailey an absolute rock in defence. A ice-cool finish by Caroline Sellar with just four minutes left steadied the Swans after the Vonu closed to within three points early in the last term, and some spirited defending, a staple of the game throughout, saw them hold on to win 5.3 (33) to 3.6 (24).

The Swans next take on the in‐form and reigning champions Canada on Sunday in a top of the table clash.


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