Queensland native Ben McIntosh set a record scoring pace for 2018, kicking a remarkable 75.12 across 16 games. PHOTO: KATE MATSON

Perhaps no other event highlighted the St. Petersburg Swans’ successful run to a 7-4 mark that saw them finish as Major League Footy minor premiers and runners-up in the Championship Finals quite like the arrival of Queenslander Ben McIntosh.

With an exceptional 75-goal tally over 16 games – including 11 in the Red and White – McIntosh set a new scoring mark in taking full advantage of the circuit’s 120 yard x 60 yard ground.

In all, McIntosh registered an unprecedented 86% accuracy rate, as only 12 of his 87 scoring shots went as behinds.

His ability to also capitalize on the format’s 10-point ‘supergoals’ from beyond 40 also helped the Swans pace the competition in scoring, as St. Petersburg notched 754 points on the campaign.

The Swans’ average of 69 points a game is especially noteworthy when viewed in the context of the league’s standard game play of two 10-minute halves per match.

That’s a lot of scoring in precious little time.

McIntosh’s ability to score from anywhere on the ground helped elevate the overall offense, as his influence spread like wildfire throughout the Swans’ developing player roster.

If scoring is indeed contagious in footy, St. Petersburg’s season-long pace of 3.45 points per minute of play is a virus welcome in any rooms.

In an early-season run that saw him average 11 majors a game, McIntosh eclipsed Miami’s Neil Cohen – also a prolific kick – and he never looked back.

With six majors in the Major League Footy 2018 Summer Premiership Championship Final, McIntosh once again led all scorers, despite missing the entire second quarter and part of the fourth due to injuries to both heels.

That missed time loomed large in St. Petersburg’s last-minute 120-114 loss to Starfish FC in the Final and likely will reverberate as a key ‘what if’ for Swans’ coaches Greg Bray and Matt Elliott.

Fortunately, he skippers won’t have to ponder what ‘might have been’ very long.

The Swans will open the 2018-19 Premiership Season in a rematch with the ‘Fish, Saturday, October 27, as Major League Footy pivots to an October-March season schedule.

Odds are the Swans will be coming with their gunner locked in as they look to avenge last Saturday’s result – and an eye on writing his own piece of Florida footy history.


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