SWANS LOOK TO REGROUP AFTER DERBY DEFEAT

SWANS LOOK TO REGROUP AFTER DERBY DEFEAT

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The St. Petersburg Swans fell to 1-4 in USAFL play and 5-8 overall, as Ft. Lauderdale took their second straight in the Season Series.

The St. Petersburg Swans will return to training this Thursday with a renewed focus on fundamentals, having been schooled by Ft. Lauderdale for the second straight match.

In a tough, well-played match in sultry conditions, the sides spent the entire first frame feeling each other out, playing to a 0.3.3 – 0.3.3 break.

In the second quarter, Ft. Lauderdale found the weaknesses they had spent the first quarter searching for – and exploited them.

The Squids posted a 5.3.33-0.5.5 advantage, paced by WAAFL veteran Curt Martin (East Perth), and went in to the big break handily ahead by 28.

St. Pete did bounce back to life in the 3rd, firing four quick majors to get back into the contest, as Dustin Jones, Janni Mirosevich, Jake Keglor and Aaron Crittenden did their level best to fight back.

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St. Petersburg veteran Matt Elliott shone in the backline Saturday vs. Ft. Lauderdale.

That run would not play out in the final stanza, however, as Ft. Lauderdale rediscovered their ‘even-numbered quarter’ magic once again, sealing the affair with a 4.4.28 – 1.2.8 period and a final of 11.11.77 – 5.10.40.

Despite the Swans’ prowess as an offensive-minded side, that result was Ft. Lauderdale’s highest score against St. Petersburg going back the past two seasons.

The Swans return to training Thursday evening at 6 PM, on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.

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