APRIL 8, 2017: PITTSBURGH BLACKBIRDS 119, ST. PETERSBURG SWANS 73
Leading by six at the intermission, the Swans saw a spirited and hard-fought first half go for naught, as the young and speedy Blackbirds flew away to a 60-8 second half tally. Match Report
GLADOVIC’S SNAPPY MARK: Ken Scheidt forces an Aaron Crittenden fumble, Matt Elliott recovers and distributes to a marking Miro Gladovic.
FREEMAN FORCES THE ISSUE: Brad Freeman (#6) turns away a potential Pittsburgh attack; uses the boundary
DUSTIN JONES PLAYS KEEP-AWAY: Outnumbered Swans skipper fights through, forces a ball-up and is finally able to get the clearance.
MARCH 25, 2017: ST. PETERSBURG SWANS 63, TAMPA BAY GAA 52
The St. Petersburg Swans overcame a slow start in a come-from-behind victory over a brave and scrappy Tampa Bay GAA squad in the Second Annual International Rules Test Match in St. Petersburg, March 25. Match Report
ADHAM MAKKI’S interception and clearance thwarted a GAA advance, and helped St. Pete establish momentum in beginning comeback.
D-FENCE: Strong midfield defense from Greg Bray, Basil Benjamin and Ken Scheidt pins GAA along the boundary, with Scheidt forcing the turnover.
NETMINDED: Keeper Miro Gladovic stands brave against a charging GAA attack, turning away two scoring attempts to preserve a one-point St.Pete lead.
THE SPIN MOVE: The Swans’ Dustin Jones clears to Basil Benjamin after eluding a GAA defender with a deft spin move.
KOFENDER’S BIG TACKLE: Backliner Jason Kofender brings down GAA’s Aaron Crittenden, turning back a scoring opportunity for the Gaelic side.
MCARDLE BANGS IT HOME: Brian McArdle takes pretty pass from Jake Keglor and nails off the left boot for the major.