TIGERS START FAST, WILT IN SULTRY ST. PETE
Doing so required not one, but two, dramatic comebacks that saw the Tigers drop to 0-3 on the season.
Played as a double-header of two games on an ‘AFLX tournament-style’ game clock (two 10-minute halves), the first match saw the Swans eke out a 4-point lead at the break, after falling behind by 13 in the early going.
St. Petersburg eventually won out over a wilting Tigers side, pulling away to a 10.3.63 – 6.7.43 result.
The second contest saw the Tigers power to a lightning-quick 30-0 lead before St. Pete answered with a goal and super goal inside the final minute, to close the gap to just 14 at the break.
In the second frame was all Swans, however, as the heat took its toll on a Lakeland squad that entered looking for its first win on the ledger.
The conditions likely helped a younger St. Petersburg side.
The Swans notched a shutout for the final half, running out 18.104.22.168 – 4.4.30 winners.
That result was the first scoreless half registered by the St. Petersburg defense since October 2016.
While Kyle Roun, Austen Kugler, Jason Blackbourn and Robbie Scallaro stood tall for the Tigers, the Swans were able to power to comebacks on the legs of Major League Footy scoring leader Ben McIntosh, with big contributions from Nick Whiteside and Jake Keglor.
‘Feels like’ temperatures for the 11 AM first match were just under 100 degrees with stifling humidity.
The result pushes the Swans to a 5-1 season mark as they head into a 3-week break in the competition.
Tampa Bay (1-0) can pull into the second spot on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership ladder with a sweep, while Clearwater looks to dig out of the competition cellar.
Ball up is 4 PM, June 9 at Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg.