STRETCH RUN: SWANS’ WINTER FATE IN BALANCE
Resigned to mere spectators for the past few weeks of the Major League Footy Florida Winter League schedule, the St. Petersburg Swans (1-0-0) are about to see just where they stand coming into the stretch-run of the club’s first intra-squad season.
Currently sitting in 2nd place – but two games behind the Suncoast Suns (3-0-0) in the ‘W’ column – the Swans will get a glimpse of late-season clarity with the result of this weekend’s Round 6 match, as the Pasco Black Dog (0-1-0) visit StarfishFC (1-1-0).
While a Starfish win will see the Swans pushed to third on the ladder, a win by the Bloods’ next opponent – Pasco – Saturday also holds massive implications in St. Pete’s race for the winter league Championship Final.
Simply put: Should Pasco win this week, then topple the Swans February 4, the Black Dog will suddenly find themselves in the Top Two, and the Swans will be outside, looking in.
Should that scenario play out, the Swans-Redbacks match February 18 becomes a desperate ‘must win’ for both the Swans and Florida.
Although St. Pete currently controls its own destiny – win out and they’ll face the Suns for the Championship Final (February 25) – so far in this winter league season, there have been no ‘sure-things’. Anything can happen in Florida winter footy.
That much was proven on the ground at Crescent Lake Common January 21, when Suncoast stormed back from a 49-point first quarter hole last weekend to beat Clearwater, thus remaining undefeated and atop the ladder.
Knowing that anything can happen, the St. Pete side should have no need to consult the oracles to learn their footy fate….they should merely be looking to take care of business.