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See the Swans go up, up

Avenel gets ever closer to a first finals appearance in 10 years.

CHALPAT SONTI July 17, 2014 3:25am

Mick Dundon clears as Ryan Lambert does a great shepherding job in the senior game.


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It was the day that Avenel’s lesser lights stood up and delivered in a game the Swans knew they could — and had to — win.

The club took a massive step towards playing finals — and sent a message to the rest of the competition — by overcoming a Stanhope fightback to win on Saturday.

Avenel could have iced the game in the first quarter, blowing a chance to lead by five or six goals after missing several easy shots, then missed more in the second term. Avenel then took the foot off the pedal to let the Lions back to within a couple of goals in the final term before a late Stanhope major reduced the margin to a straight kick.

The Swans hung on for the last 30 seconds and went two games clear of seventh-placed Lancaster, who were well beaten at Nagambie.

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