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Finding Form & Taking Flight

The club started the calendar year with its inaugural indoor metro league. A four-team competition that spanned over 8 weeks through the winter months. Chris MacLean returned as Head Coach and was assisted by Yaser Abou Elenein, Chris Lockhart and Luke Walsh. Tammy Bowen continued in her role as team manager.

With numerous new faces and a large contingent of returning players, the team gelled quickly and had their sights set on improving on 2010. For the first time, Canada’s national program, Northwind, held a training session in Ottawa. The Swans participated in the Montreal preseason cup, entering two teams and winning the title for a third year in a row. Bringing the trophy back to Ottawa was a fitting conclusion to a rigorous pre-season.

The OAFL 2010 draw presented some tough challenges for the opening half of the season. The team struggled to adapt to the quicker pace and higher skill level of the top teams. Compounding this were some season-ending injuries and enforced departures that drastically altered the playing list in the early rounds and created real challenges for the coaching staff.

It took until Round 8 for the Swans to put together a line up that had the confidence individually and with each other to overcome the reigning premiers for their first win of the season. The last six weeks of competition is where the team came of age and showed the profits from months of hard work. It was a true testament to the effort by all in the club for the team to finish the season with three wins from six matches. This included back-to-back home wins in Rounds 8 and 9. The Round 11 win on the road, saw the Swans knock off the underachieving Broadview Hawks for the second time in the season.

Jake Plunkett-Latimer became the first Swan to play 50 OAFL games followed closely by the 50th game for 2011 Spurrell Medal winner, Darren Roffey. Chris Peck received recognition from the OAFL, being selected into the 2011 OAFL All Star team.

The club continued its push for media promotion on local radio and the initiation of televised games on Rogers TV added to the game’s presence among the Ottawa locals. The club continued to set the highest possible standards and with a core set of volunteers it will continue to development as a club.

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