Swans shatter Tigers dreams
TWEED Coast Tigers were mowed down in the final quarter of their Summerland AFL grand final loss against Lismore Swans yesterday afternoon.
The Swans’ 17.10 (112) to 16.8 (104) victory broke the club’s 21-year premiership drought, but broke the Tigers’ hearts.
The Tigers were ahead 13.7 (87) to 11.7 (73) going into the final quarter and looked on track for consecutive grand final wins.
Tweed Coast, which had lost just one game in two years, had dominated the third quarter, booting six goals to Lismore’s three.
But incredibly the Swans reversed this statistic in the final quarter, scoring six majors to the Tigers’ three.
Young Jak Johnston crucially kicked three of these goals in a brilliant five-goal performance.
A visibly shattered Tigers coach Shane Shallue said the Swans deserved their win and praised Ash Gemmill for his work up front.
“Full credit to Lismore, they deserved their win,” he said.
“They got a roll on, and every time we started to come back we had a few things go against us, and they got the momentum back.
“It was just one of those days.
Shallue said Josh Graham, Gemmill, Josh Evans and Jimmy Walle were among his best.
He hoped the team stayed together to turn the tables next year.
The Swans were elated to get the victory. Half forward Daniel Bruce, who started playing for the red and whites in 2001, played in four losing grand finals before yesterday’s landmark victory.
“And if we would have lost this one, I think I would have dropped dead,” he said among his jubilant teammates after the match.
“We got out to a 20-point lead in the final quarter and that’s when I thought we should get home.
“Then Tweed kicked two quick goals but I thought surely the siren would be close to sounding.”