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Issue 11, October/November 2012 Edition

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CMYK SPOT A | 23 Ayakwa | October/ November 2012 Issue 11 Swans down Lions in GEFL grand final A big crowd turned out for the marquee event on the Groote Eylandt Football League (GEFL) calendar at Angurugu Oval. After an impromptu game for the youngsters, the finalists took to the field. Circumstances were similar to 2011, with a strong breeze favouring the northern end and winning the toss was going to be important. Lions captain Shadrack Bara called incorrectly and Swans player Jeremy Barnett had no hesitation in deciding to kick with the assistance of the breeze. The Swans capitalised immediately and through the boot of Benny Moore had two quick goals on the board. The Lions defence was under siege and some good midfield pressure limited the possible damage. At quarter time the Swans held a healthy four-goal margin but the Lions were about to have their turn kicking to the scoring end. Unfortunately for the Lions, they didnt take advantage and the Swans buoyed by their first quarter effort continued to press home their advantage. With Benuel Mamarika running amok in the forward line the Swans increased their lead significantly and at half time the Lions would need an almighty effort to get back into the game. Although the Lions tried valiantly they couldnt match the run of the Swans and the second half saw more of the same with the Swans running out convincing winners when the final siren sounded. Hayden Lalara played a magnificent game for the Lions at full back and deservedly won the man of the match award despite playing in a losing team. GEFL Manager Ian Brown said apart from winning back to back premierships, the most pleasing aspect of the Swans victory was the team effort, with all players contributing to the victory. The premiership game followed a heartstopping preliminary final the week earlier that ended with the scores level; an extra ten minutes of play saw the Umbakumba Lions win against the Angurugu Crocs to go through to the grand final. Ian said this seasons GEFL competition began with five teams but halfway through the season the league was reduced to three teams. Although the quantity was reduced, the quality of football increased with each of the three teams capable of winning against each other, Ian said. 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter Final Score alyangula Swans 4.6..30 10.12..72 13.15..93 18.17..125 umbakumba Lions 1.0..6 2.1..13 3.1..19 4.2..26 SKILL: basil bara (bottom right) was one of the best players for the Swans. SWanS best Players Benuel Mamarika, Dave Lynn, Jeremy Barnett, Basil Bara, Dale Hamilton Goal Kickers 7..Benuel Mamarika, 3..Jeremy Barnett, 2..Ben Moore, 1..Clarence Mamarika, Sebo Bara Bara, Basil Bara, Dale Hamilton, Jake McCarthy and Wade Mills LIonS best Players Hayden Lalara, Shadrack Bara, Lancen Wurrawilya, Jethro Marawili, Troy Herbert Goal Kickers 1..Gareth Mamarika, Billy Yantarrnga, Leslie BaraBara and Joelle Bara. The alyangula Swans ran out convincing winners during a grand final clash against the umbakumba Lions in September. SWIFT: Elston Mamarika tackles Ian rollins while Tyrone bellman runs to join the action. aCTIon: Swans player Mick Zovko scrambles to defend the Lions Preston Wurramara. SPorT CMYK