BLOODS BOUNCE BACK; EARN SPLIT

BLOODS BOUNCE BACK; EARN SPLIT

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With three supergoals on the day, the Swans’ Ben McIntosh helped lead St. Pete to a double-header split with the Bombers, Saturday, January 12, in St. Petersburg, Florida. FILE PHOTO: KATE MATSON

Returning to action after an arduous Holiday Break, the St. Petersburg Swans shook off a bit of early rust to salvage a split of their Major League Footy double-header with a gallant Bombers side, January 12 at Crescent Lake Common in St. Pete.

With a Tom Mathew 10-pointer giving the Bombers (2-4, 8 points) the difference they needed in a 1.6.2.48 – 2.2.5.37 first game victory, the scrappy Same Olds also held strong in the first half of Game Two, scraping out a 1-point lead at the break.

From there, the Swans would recover their early-season offensive prowess, perhaps also seeing benefit from near-80 degree temps on a postcard January afternoon.

The Swans would go on to parlay a 23-5 run in the second half to capture Game Two, 1.4.3.37 – 0.2.8.20.

Queensland gun Ben McIntosh notched three super goals on the day, with Bomber debutant Josh Wurst recording a brave first match.

The result keeps the Bloods (5-1, 20 points) comfortable atop the 2018-19 Major League Footy Premiership Season ladder, 12 points clear of the pack.

In a bit of scheduling quirk, Saturday’s twinbill was a rematch of a December 15 contest called by thunderstorms…and will see the Swans and Bombers face-off again next week, as #footy returns to Largo Sports Complex Stadium in Largo, Florida, for the first Twilight double-header of 2019.

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