The St. Petersburg Swans are off to a 2-0 start, having turned back an early offensive outburst from summer premiers Starfish FC, getting the 2018-19 Major League Footy Winter Premiership Season underway, Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The ‘Fish came out firing, racing to a 18.104.22.168 – 1.2.8 lead at the first break in Game One, only to be shut out in the second half, as the Swans turned the tide with a 22.214.171.124 response, 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.
At 2-0, the Swans will look to continue Saturday’s momentum, when they next retake the ground for a November 17 double-header vs the Tampa Bay Bombers, while Week Two of the Major League Footy 2018-19 Premiership Season will see the Florida Lions tangle with the Lakeland Tigers, Saturday, November 3.