Queensland gun BenMcIntosh booted three super goals in helping lead the St. Petersburg Swans to a season-opening sweep of Starfish FC, Saturday in St. Pete. FILE PHOTO: KATE MATSON

The St. Petersburg Swans are off to an emphatic 2-0 start to the season, having turned back an early offensive outburst from Major League Footy Summer Premiers Starfish FC, getting the 2018-19 Major League Footy Winter Premiership Season underway, Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Starfish FC came out firing, racing to a – 1.2.8 lead at the first break in Game One, only to be shut out in the second stanza, as the Swans turned the tide with a thumping response, eventually running out Game One winners by 15.

Game Two of the matinee twin-bill at St. Pete’s historic Crescent Lake Common saw more of the same, with Ben McIntosh booting super goals in each frame en route to a 50-12 Swans victory.

The result erases some of the sting of the summer premiership stunner that saw Starfish FC take the Championship Final in a 120-114 win to cap a remarkable late-summer surge.

Saturday’s match saw Queenslander Nick Whiteside go down with a knee injury for the ‘Fish, while the Swans’ Aaron Crittenden was sidelined with a heel.

Game-time ‘feels-like’ temperatures just under 80 F were nearly 30 degrees cooler than for the Summer Championship Final in late-September.

The Season Opener followed an intense and extended combined training session, with coaches and EFL veterans Greg Bray and Matt Elliott leading their charges through a gauntlet of pre-game ruck drills.

At 2-0, (8 pts), the Swans open the season at the top of the ladder, and will look to continue Saturday’s momentum when they next retake the ground for a November 17 double-header vs the Tampa Bay Bombers.

Week Two of the Major League Footy 2018-19 Premiership Season will see the Florida Lions tangle with the Lakeland Tigers, Saturday, November 3.


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