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Swans dive in heavy rain

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April 16, 2018

Shepparton Swans’ start to the Goulburn Valley League season went from bad to worse on Saturday, kept goalless in another humbling defeat against Tatura.

Shepparton Swans’ start to the Goulburn Valley League season went from bad to worse on Saturday, kept goalless in another humbling defeat against Tatura.

The Bulldogs would only concede three behinds for the game in an extremely one-sided affair at Tatura Park, running out 118-point winners.

Remarkably in just two weeks of football, the Swans have been outscored by 249 points and sit on the bottom of the ladder.

Coach Justin George said his young side had fought hard, but could not match it with a tough side.

‘‘It was a very tough day; we were very young against a pretty mature side, and they were a bit too strong in the contest,’’ he said.

‘‘We fought hard all day in the tough conditions, but couldn’t stay with them.

‘‘The effort was really good, the pressure was good, we just couldn’t execute.’’

For Tatura, it was a quality tonic to a disappointing round one loss against Echuca, dominant in all areas.

From the jump Tatura looked too strong and the class advantage was only brought further to light as the contest wore on.

Surging 50 points ahead at half-time after playing through torrential rain, the Dogs piled on another 10 unanswered goals in the second half, with boom recruit Brandyn Grenfell leading the way up forward with four goals.

Playing coach Jamason Daniels said his side had ignored the scoreboard and kept its foot on the gas.

‘‘The pleasing thing for me was we went out and did what we spoke about, and played the way we wanted to play,’’ he said.

‘‘Regardless of the situation, we stuck to our game-plan and structures.

‘‘Obviously as they haven’t kicked a goal, our structure held up all day and we played some really unselfish football.

‘‘Sometimes in games like that people can get a bit hungry and go away from the plan, and we didn’t do that.’’

Grenfell’s dominating display was exactly what he was brought to the club to do and Daniels pointed to him and a handful of others as standouts.

‘‘The big fella spent the majority of the day in the ruck and he clearly won that battle and he also managed to sneak forward, which was good,’’ he said.

‘‘Jaydan Thewma was back from his honeymoon and just slotted straight back in; he loves playing against the Swans.

‘‘Andrew Ciavarella is a wet weather specialist too, and Linc Wellington just keeps not ageing — it’s ridiculous.’’

Charlie Hill missed the second half after a concussion in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs will expect a more competitive hit-out when they face Shepparton next weekend at Deakin Reserve.

For the Swans, a home game against similarly winless Seymour presents them with a chance to turn their fortunes around.

George said it was time for the club to stay strong.

‘‘Everyone believes in what were doing, everyone has bought in,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s a great vibe at the place, we just need to play a lot better. I can’t knock the effort, it’s just about the execution.

‘‘When things turn, it will turn quickly, and everyone is positive and upbeat.’’

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