Round 12 - Cowra Halt Winning Streak
The Swannies were at home versus Cowra for this important clash. A victory would have seen Mudgee take their winning streak to four, beat every opposition team in their last encounter. It wasn't to be however
with a slow start and some poor execution letting the home side down.
On a brighter note, Brenton Clarkson became the second player to reach 150 games for the club. Brendan Hayes reached that same milestone in Round 11.
Round 6 - Close, but not close enough
The senior side fought all the way against Duboo but were unable to peg back the huge lead established by the Demons in the first quarter.
Dubbo led at the first break by 6 goals and the slow start proved very costly. The second and third quarters were dominated by the Swannies with the final quarter a tight battle.
Round 2 (21st May)- Rescheduled
Cowra made their way over to Mudgee to play the rescheduled match from round 2. Perhaps the Swannies wished they hadn't...
Round 4 - Too good for the Tigers
The first home game of the season saw the Swannies win convincingly over the Orange Tigers.
Captain Ben McKenzie said it was a good performance but that the boys took the foot off the accelerator in the second half.
Colm 'hop along' Foran may have been faking a knee injury to ensure a promotion to the forwards. If so, it worked as he kicked 9 majors.
Dane Coburn also kicked a few goals and assisted in many others.
The were also solid performances from new recruit Will Moffitt who dominated the centre, Ben McKenzie, Brenton Clarkson and veteran Mark O'Keefe.
Special thanks to those that donned Orange jumpers throughout the match to even up the numbers.
2010 Club News
Grand Final: All Over Red Rover
Despite having a close to full-strength side, the Mudgee Reserve Grade side was no match for Young. The team was unable to give retiring
coach Greg Dowker a fitting send off by winning the flag but the team put in 100% for the whole game.
Preliminary Final: Swannies Swim Rings Around the Bushrangers
The senior team proved that they are wet weather specialists on Saturday with a comprehensive victory over last year's premier's, Bathurst.
Conditions were challenging with steady rain and strong winds prevailing for the whole match but it was water off a swan's back as far as the team was concerned as they kicked 11 goals to 2.
Semi-Final: Mud Ducks Drown against Young
The senior team made the trek to Cowra to play Young in a game that promised to be a hard and exciting encounter. To be sure, it was a hard encounter but only really exciting if you were the goal umpire in the Young goal mouth.
As always the team battled on and improved as the game went on but after a lead of 11 goals to 1 at half time there was no stemming the tide.
Round 18 - Dubbo
All grades played the final round in Dubbo against the Demons. Junior grades had another torrid time of it but as always there were plenty of great performances.
The senior side was made to battle hard against some Demon veterans who showed that good skills count for a lot. In the end the Swannies pulled ahead and played with some polish as the game went on.
Round 17 - Seniors play Cowra...finally
It took just about the whole season but finally Mudgee played Cowra in the Reserve Grade. In the end it was a let down however with an under-strength side making the journey. In a muddy 12-a-side encounter the Blues ran rings around the Swannies.
In the last quarter the Swannies rallied well and made the scoreline a little more respectable. Both junior grades forfeited their matches.
Round 16 - Seniors fight hard
Young made the trip to Mudgee for the second top of the table clash in three weeks. In a hard fought battle, scores were level with 5 minutes to go in the first half. As Mudgee tired Young was able to capitalise and won by 4 goals in the end.
The Swannies showed great pluck and determination against a well-drilled and disciplined Young side.
Round 15 - Nature wins the day
The Swannies were at home to Bathurst. All games were washed out.
Round 14 - Young Sends a Message
The Young Saints sent a clear message to the senior team that they are the team to beat after a solid victory in Young. The senior team was beaten by 90 points and was often left flat-footed.
Both the under 14s and under 17s had a bye.
Round 13 - Seniors down Orange
The senior team had another emphatic victory over the Orange Tigers. The team racked up its second double-hundred with an amazing 4th quarter where 11 majors were kicked.
It was a different story for the under 17s and under 14s who were both overrun by the Tigers.
Round 12 - Seniors in Bathurst, Juniors at Home to Cowra
The reserve grade side recorded an excellent win against one of the front-runners, Bathurst. In a game centred around defence, Ben Gregory, the Mudgee marshall directed his troops in the backline well as the Mudgee defense repelled the Bathurst attack all day.
Our juniors hosted Cowra for the second time in as many weeks. Both games were spiteful at times and in the end the Cowra coach was cited by the Mudgee club for unsportsmanlike behaviour. The under 14s were low on numbers and suffered a heavy defeat. The under 17s side showed plenty of courage and determination in what was an even contest up until half time. Cowra surged ahead in the second half to take out the match.
Round 11 - Cowra misfire at Call to Arms
There was much expectation for the senior game versus Cowra for this round. The reserve grade team was looking forward to a solid hit out against their arch rivals Cowra. Unfortunately Cowra were unable to field a side and forfeited the match.
The under 14s and under 17s were able to play and both teams gave their spectators plenty to cheer about by playing some very good football. The under 14s were ahead at the half time break but were worn down in the end. The under 17s team battled hard for the whole match and were all over their opposition in the final quarter but unfortunately the lead held by Cowra was too great.
Round 10 - Swannies hit the Big Smoke
Junior grades forfeited their Bathurst games in favour of making the trek to Sydney to watch Sydney vs Collingwood. Though the game itself may have looked like a training session, everyone had a great time.
Half time of the big game was dominated by Mudgee Auskickers. Our little signets dominated the centre square for a good 10 minutes and were cheered on by dedicated parents and a host of supporters from the club.
Round 9 - Reserve Grade Recovers from a Sleepy Start
The reserve grade side was in neutral for the first quarter but after crunching a few gears the side was back on track for a dominating win against Dubbo. Special thanks go to the under 17s players that stuck around to man the bench - especially those that didn't get a run.
The under 17s and under 14s both found the going pretty tough against dominant opposition. We admire their pluck though, as both sides played hard until the end.
Round 8 - Seniors Squeeze Orange
The senior side trounced Orange in an emphatic display that saw the home side kick 22 majors. The Orange defense was peeled
away with ease in a match that saw good ball skills return to the players.
Round 7 - Bye, bye, Baby
All grades had a bye.
Round 6 - Under 14s and Under 17s Battle Hard
The Under 14s and Under 17s travelled to Dubbo on the weekend. Both grades suffered heavy defeats but as always, showed
good spirits and glimpses of good footy. Hats off to our young players for their determination and great sportsmanship
for showing us all that winning isn't everything.
Round 5 - All Grades Go Down
The senior team suffered their first lost - going down to last years premiers, Bathurst. The Swannies were in front at
half time but an obvious lack of fitness saw them grind to a halt as they were overtaken by a more lithe
Bathurst side. The under 17 team started in great style, keeping in touch with their opponents until quarter time.
Unfortunately their efforts couldn't be kept up for the whole game. The under 14s struggled with low numbers.
EVENT: 21st May - Infants Gala Day
Time: 9.45 to 12.45
Venue: Vic Park
Parents, players, other club members are all urged to find the time to come
down and lend a hand on the day. We won't be doing anything strenuous, just helping to organise the kids. It should be a good,
Great Start to the Season for the Seniors
Two crushing victories has the senior team at the top of the table at the end of Round 3. Both victories were all-round
solid team performances. Clearly the Swannies are a formidable force this year.
2010 Draw is Available
The draw for 2010 is now available. Click on Fixtures & Results.
Waratah Hotel on Board for Another Season
We are proud to announce that the Waratah Hotle is once agin the major sponsor of the Mudgee Black Swans AFC. As we
celebrate our 10th year in the CWAFL we will have more functions at the 'tah so visit often for upcoming events.