Premier gives Colac a lesson

Mitch Cleary, Geelong Advertiser 07/06/2009

JUST seven weeks ago Colac dismantled South Barwon but it was the Tigers who were left licking their wounds on Saturday, soundly poleaxed to the tune of 13 goals by the reigning premier.

In an ominous warning to the rest of the competition, the Swans moved to the top of the GFL ladder after their most comprehensive victory of the season.

Sam Stavenuiter bagged five goals, finishing off the hard work done around the clinches by the likes of Paul Sullivan, Bryn Weadon and Jarrod Westwood.

You could have left at half-time and would not have missed much, apart from a barrage of rain and the Tigers’ first goal.

They managed just three for the game, the first coming at the five minute mark of the third term but by that stage South Barwon had piled on 12 goals and it was well and truly lights out.

The game said plenty for both sides, their contrasting past seven weeks and where their season stands going forward.

The Swans are just starting to get fired up and play their best footy, while the Tigers lack confidence and have now slumped to their sixth straight defeat with their finals chances in tatters.

“Our effort was there but our ability is a long way below where South Barwon’s is at the moment,” Colac coach Tyson Hay stated bluntly.

“It shows where we’re at, they (South Barwon) haven’t lost a game since round one and we’ve won just one against North Shore.”

South Barwon’s opening half was mind-boggling. Eleven goals to zip told just some of the tale, their attack on the footy and class by foot unmatched by the dismal Tigers.

The ease at which they turned errant Colac attacks into scoring opportunities with run off half-back through the likes of Luke Buckland, Adam Wiseman and Paul Corrigan was undoubtedly the catalyst for their win.

Then the rain came. Had it not the scoreboard may have become uglier for Colac after half-time, with the slippery ball making scoring harder, but it did not take away from the dominance the Swans impacted on the game.

“Our intensity and discipline that we took into this one was 100 per cent better than the first round,” South Barwon co-coach Paul Corrigan said.

With winners on every line, co-coaches Paul Corrigan and Matt Verfurth were pleased to have secured the four points in such emphatic fashion. “We zoned in on contested footy, we wanted to make sure we were really strong around the contests, put structures into place and got off to a good start,” Corrigan said.

Losing a wealth of experience over the off-season has not impacted the Swans with youngsters Jayke Mawson, Joel Edwards and Tom Stewart making the most of opportunities.

“We looked at it and we had seven players play in the grand final last year under 20 and we knew we had guys pushing up from the under 18s and reserves last year, so it’s good for competition of spots,” Verfurth said.

The games of Chad Vince and Jason Kerby couldn’t go unnoticed, internal appraisal high for their performances.