Swan Districts shrugged off an apathetic first half to end their losing run this afternoon, toppling Subiaco by 33 points at Medibank Stadium.
The visitors trailed by as much 32 points with 11 minutes gone and looked on course for a third straight defeat before finding their radar in the second half.
Returning spearhead Ashley Hansen put an errant first two quarters behind him, booting four of his team’s eight goals for the third term as Swans discovered their afterburners.
Hansen finished with 7.5 overall in the 17.14 (116) to 13.5 (83) win, proving how important he is to the team’s structure and their finals hopes.
Draft prospect Dayle Garlett also chipped in with four classy goals.
At the other end a rejuvenated Jack Anthony, who has fallen out of favour at Fremantle this season, produced his strongest performance of the year. Anthony booted five goals of his own.
He was particularly lively up forward in the opening term, getting the better of direct opponent Tallan Ames as Subiaco kicked six majors to the first break to seize control early.
Returning Eagle Andrew Embley started on the wing for Swans and got through his first hit-out in three months unscathed on return from shoulder surgery.
The 30-year-old completed 80 minutes of game time and finished with 16 disposals, showing encouraging signs with his clean ball use and work rate.
Swans rued their poor goal kicking and ball use around the ground in the first half.
Hansen was the worst culprit, kicking a wasteful 1.4 in the first half.
The black and whites slotted the match’s opening goal 32 seconds in courtesy of Murray Newman, but from that point were hopelessly outgunned in the first term.
The hosts used the ball well by foot and Anthony was the beneficiary up forward.
The Docker led well and found good position in marking contests opposed to Tallan Ames, reaping the rewards with three successive goals.
If not for a dribbled major from Hansen on the stroke of quarter time, Swans would have trailed by far more than 22 points.
Hansen’s inefficiency was otherwise killing the visitors. He kicked four points – all from set shots – either side of quarter time as the black and whites tried to force their way back into the contest.
The premiership forward found his mojo after half time, with Shaun Hildebrandt, Marlon Motlop and Tom Roach all helping lift the side out of the doldrums.
|GOALS – SUBIACO: Anthony 5; Sinclair 3; Joyce, Pickett, Blechynden, Hampson, Broadhurst.|
SWAN DISTRICTS: Hansen 7; Garlett 4; Newman, Geappen 2; Davis, Riggio.
BEST – SUBIACO: Anthony, Parker, Grover, Hampson, Mahoney.
SWAN DISTRICTS: Hansen, Hildebrandt, Roach, Motlop, Garlett, Simpson, Notte.
INJURIES - SWAN DISTRICTS: Neale (ankle).
SUBIACO: Pickett (leg).
REPORTS: Deluca (S) for rough conduct in the third quarter.
Hassett (S) for rough conduct in the fourth
UMPIRES: S McPhee, J Orr, J Dalgleish.
CROWD: 2200 (approx) at Medibank Stadium.