KANGAS SWAMP SWANS IN THE WET, 114-56
A heroic effort from USAFL veteran Janni Mirosevich, a flash of USA Revos relevance from Dustin Jones and a dominating showing by Adham Makki propelled Orlando to a second rout in St. Petersburg, running out winners in the wet, 16.14.110 – 7.14.56 Saturday night.
Mirosevich, seeing his first action since a severe knee injury suffered at the 2016 USAFL National Championships in October, hardly looked the worse for wear, booting five majors and thoroughly outplaying anything the Swans could counter.
Fast out of the gate, Orlando opened up a quick advantage, with Mirosevich opening the scoring less than one minute in. Orlando took a 14-point margin at the first break.
A second period played in the first of two summer-like downpours saw conditions play a definite role, as St. Petersburg had a handful of easy chances go awry in an 0.5.5 frame, while the Kangas tacked on to their lead, heading into the big break up by 23.
With the first deluge over at the start of the third stanza, the Swans came to life, as the sides traded blows in the early going of the half. A sequence that saw St. Pete follow the ball through multiple exchanges and turnovers deep in the Orlando end provided the highlight of the night for the Bloods, as Basil Benjamin took control a notched an easy crumb.
The encouraging signs of the St. Peteersburg third quarter effort would not carry over to the fourth, however, as Orlando ran away with a 6.3.39-3.4.22 tally in a second bout of driving rain.
The win is Orlando’s second blowout at Four ‘N Twenty Field this season, as the Kangas now top the Major League Footy metro rules ladder at 2-0, with both wins at the expense of the Swans in St. Pete.
Having coming off a huge win over visiting Miami, the Swans were unable to carry over any momentum from that victory, and are now 1-3 on the metro rules season.
The club will return to practice Thursday night and training Saturday, May 26, before heading to Nashville for matches against the Kangaroos and Atlanta, June 3.