No time to Swan around

By Lauren Bordin

Shepparton Swans Red won the battle against Shepparton Swans White in a thrilling derby, with just three points the margin.

With Red donning the clash strip for the Princess Park battle in dreary conditions, Steele Simpson shone brightest to help his side to victory.

Simpson kicked four goals and proved a vital component in the 6.4 (40) to 5.7 (37) win.

White was eight points up at half-time, with Red decreasing that margin to just three at the final change before continuing on with the momentum.

Scout Matthews, Jack Smith and Mitch Trevaskis were all sensational in the victory, although Luca Mamone, Lachlan Seddon and Erion Barolli (two goals) nearly pulled it in White’s favour.

●The Swans derby was not the only nail-biter of the round, with Echuca Green clinching its match against Shepparton Notre Maroon by three points.

But in this game Green led from the outset, with Jack Evans and Tanner Smith prominent, while Kynan Sharpe-Long kicked three goals.

The Bears had Cooper Gretton, Connor Hangan and Jayden Gagliardi hitting the scoreboard, but were unable to get over the line.

●Mooroopna’s win was not quite as close, but still required composed heads in the 11-point defeat of Shepparton United.

Dustin Blake and Aidan Basile were cool under pressure, allowing Jai Carn and Kaedyn Napier to slot two goals each.

Mooroopna staved off five goals from Jhett Cooper and an impressive performance from Adam Pummeroy to secure the win.

●Wezley Hill led Kyabram to a 14-point away win against Tatura, despite the Bulldogs getting out to an early lead.

Darcy Keck and Sam Plumb were also important for the Bombers, while Sean McAllister, George Brisbane (two goals) and Morrie Serra (two goals) made sure the home side remained in the match right to the end.

●Adam McPhee’s six goals ensured Rochester cruised past Echuca Bombers, with Angus Martin prominent.

Riley Smith and Joseph Guiney gave their all in a losing cause.

●Shepparton Notre Gold was a convincing winner against Moama.

Elijah Kilmartin, Luke Turcato and Connor Fleming were all key in the 45-point win.

Rove Hocking, Callum Parsons and Luka Simpson were responsible for the Magpies’ three goals.