This article originally appeared in the Geelong Advertiser on the 30/7/18. You can read the original piece here-


South Barwon coach David Farrell belives his side missed a golden opportunity to finally take a scalp in 2018 as his side went down narrowly to St Joseph’s 10.16 (76) to 10.12 (72).

Leading by three points at half-time, trailing by the same margin at three-quarter time and two goals to Andrew Boseley (five goals) and Brett Blair (three goals) late on to cut the margin once more to inside a goal, Farrell says the chance to snare their first win against a side also in the top five had gone begging.

“I guess it’s a missed opportunity,” he said. “We spoke at half-time that we had some lapses in our footy that contributed to some of their goals in the first half and that’s probably the way the game went. We probably felt if we played our best footy we could’ve won that one.”

The young Swans were impressive in defeat, leading at various stages throughout the day despite missing a host of important players like Reece Woods (hamstring), Louis Herbert (shoulder), Will Sexton (ankle) and season-ending injuries to Ben Lusby (ACL) and Darcy Hansen (foot). Boseley threatened to win the game off his own boot, whilst ruckman Luke Davis and defenders Ned Gowers and Jack Driver repelled plenty of St Joseph’s attacks.

Despite the missed opportunity and the defeat slipping South Barwon back to 9-5 alongside Colac and Bell Park, Farrell remains bullish.

“Both sides with the extra defender were able to move the ball quickly so some fatigue set in, but I was really pleased the guys stuck to task. We probably thought we were going to pinch it,” he said. “But we’re pretty confident we can extend our season and play finals without having beaten a side above us. Then we’ll be judged on what we do in finals.”