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Round 13 - Reserves Damage Dubbo Demons
All grades went to Dubbo for this round. The senior team had another solid victory against worthy opposition. The first quarter was a tussle but the Swannies were in control by the end of the first half. It was a good team effort with all players putting in solid performances. Matthew Smith (Smitty) led from the front with 6 goals. Under 14s and Under 17s fought hard in their matches but both were beaten in the end.
Round 12 - Under 17s Robbed By Bushrangers
The Under 14s and Under 17s played Bathurst at home. The Under 17s game was extremely close with Mudgee in the lead late in the game, only to be robbed by the Bushrangers at the death. It was a spirited effort nonetheless. The Under 14s had a tougher encounter and were beaten by strong opposition.
Round 11 - Reserves give Cowra the Blues
The reserve grade team were in command from the very beginning of the game and controlled the ball out of the centre and into attack. Cowra had no answers from a determined Swannies team that won by over 100 points. The match saw the timely return of quality players from yester-year and there were great contributions all over the park. Junior grades struggled for numbers but toiled valiantly against very strong opponents. Both the Under 17's and Under 14's were defeated but played with great spirit.
Round 10 - Young too Good for Lame Ducks
Young gave the reserve grade team a thrashing that was largely due to the long injury list of the Swannies. A weakened team made the long trip to Young and were not able to rise to the occassion against a keener team with a fully stacked bench. The game started well with a real struggle for possession but once Young kicked the first goal after about 10 minutes, the floodgates opened.
Round 9 - The Drought in Cowra is Broken
Round nine saw the Reserve Grade team beat Cowra in Cowra. The Swannies hadn't beaten Cowra in over three years. It was a close game but the Swans held their nerve to win by six points. The victory tasted better than the cold beer drank on the return from Cowra. Unfortunately the Under 17's and Under 14's had a less successful day due to both grades being short of players.
Round 8 - Swans Plucked over by Bushrangers
Round eight was basically a repeat of round seven with all three grades soundly beaten by Bathurst. Though the scores were one-sided, we still showed that in terms of heart, we are unbeaten. Junior grades fought hard without reward while the Reserve grade side demonstrated that with a full-strength side, they would be a threat to the competition leaders.
Round 7 - Bathurst at Home
Round seven was not a good one for the Swannies with all grades going down. The senior teams were evenly matched but Bathurst showed superior discipline and consistency. The Under 17s and Under 14s suffered heavy defeats but our players were full of heart and still showed some good skills.
Round 6 - All Grades: BYE
Nothing much happened this week.
Round 5.5 - Orange at Home
The round that is not a round - between rounds five and six all Mudgee grades played against Orange. The Under 14s and Under 17s both suffered defeats but the senior team proved that their demolition of Orange in Round Two was no fluke. Scoring opportunities abounded but the aim of the Swannies up forward was errant, kicking more behinds than a dominatrix on a Saturday night.
Round 5 - Dubbo at Home
This round saw the Under 14's record their first win of the season. In a nail-biting encounter the home team snatched a glorious victory in the dying seconds. Cheered on by a good crowd including seniors stuffing their faces before their game, the youngsters rallied in the final term - mowing down their opponents' lead like a well-kept lawn. The seniors, fuelled by the success of their younger comrades (and steak sandwiches), had a solid win - beating Dubbo by 45 points
Round 4 - Young at Home
Reserve grade played Young in round 4 of the CWAFL. Junior grades had a BYE.
Round 3 - Cowra at Cowra
The third round of the CWAFL was a non-event for Mudgee thanks to poor organisation at the CWAFL level. With 48 hours notice all three grades were expected to organise the journey to Cowra instead of having a home game. Suffice to say - it didn't happen.
Round 2 - Seniors tame Tigers
In a blistering display the senior team showed that they mean business this season by whipping the Orange Tigers by more than 100 points. Coach Greg Dowker called it a real team effort with all players contributing in the comprehensive win. The forward line dominated from the outset with a goal in the first 15 seconds of the game. Tristan Ramadge kicked 11 goals in a man-of-the-match debut performance.
Hats off to the Under 17s that backed up to play two games and help with the decisive victory for the seniors. With more numbers in the Under 17 team, the Swans could be a force in that grade.
Round 1 - All Grades: BYE
The season did not actually kick off for the Mudgee Black Swans. Wait until next week...
28th June, 2008 Reserve Grade wins again.
21st June, 2008 Reserve Grade excorcise Demons.
16th June, 2008 The Under 14s went down to a better skilled and fitter Orange Tigers outfit at Anzac Oval, Bloomfield on Saturday. Eli Parker, Junior Plunkett, Mini Metcalf, Gordy Cowper and new player Harley Cummings were all stand-outs.