Over the past few weeks, the Goulburn Swans have been on a run of strong form.
They have won their last four matches, and won by at least 88 points in their last two.
On Saturday afternoon, the Swans took to South Oval for what they hoped would be their fifth win in a row, against the ANU Griffins.
The Griffins, fresh off a heavy loss to competition favourites the Yass Roos, were determined to make amends for a poor showing the week earlier, and they took to their home ground with vigour.
It was a hard-fought contest all the way through, and the lead changed at every interval.
However, a poor fourth quarter meant that the Swans were unable to prevent the Griffins from running away with an 8.6.54 to 5.17.47 victory.
What will be of highest concern for the Swans is their sporadic goal shooting. Of 22 shots, only five found their mark.
Goulburn’s forwards are usually sharpshooters. For example, in their last four matches, they have kicked a total of 60 goals and 43 behinds,
Which makes Saturday’s performance a significant drop in the usual standard of kicking from Goulburn.
Kicking was made harder across the competition on Saturday due to the high winds which swept across the Southern Tablelands, however the accuracy from ANU by comparison would suggest that it wasn’t a strong impediment.
Goulburn will be in a rush to rediscover its accuracy ahead of next week’s game, which will see the Yass Roos visit Goodhew Park in a rematch of their round two encounter, which Yass won by 56 points.
It will be a different match this time around, as the Swans have (by and large) realised the formula for their success lies in a strong half back line and trusting their youngsters to get the job done up front.
The home ground advantage will be crucial for the Swans as well. They have yet to lose a home game this year, and against the undefeated number one side (who boast a percentage of 287) every factor counts.
The match between the Yass Roos and the Goulburn Swans will take place from 12:00pm on Saturday July 14 at Goodhew Park.