AFL North West: Swans coach Paul Kelly happy despite loss to Inverell Saints

FOCUS: Todd Jones is a man on a mission against the Saints.
FOCUS: Todd Jones is a man on a mission against the Saints.

Swans coach Paul Kelly believes his side are “headed in the right direction” after a 95-point home loss to Inverell.

Kelly said the 23.15-153 to 8.10-58 scoreline was not a true reflection of how well the wineless Swans played.

“We got beaten and played three quarters of really good footy,” he said. “Just in the last quarter we lost our way a bit.

“We had 18 shots at goal, so I was pretty happy with that.”

The Saints booted five goals to two to lead 33-15 after the first quarter, before kicking six goals to two in the second quarter to lead 11.6-72 to 4.6-30 at the main break.

They extended the margin to 61 points heading into the final quarter, in which they kicked five goals to one. Kelly said: “At quarter time I said to the lads that over the last month every quarter we’ve played better and better footy.”

In the other match on Saturday, the Bulldogs beat the Kangaroos 18.16-124 to 8.5-53 at Gunnedah.