CKS Swifts secure second spot

CKS Swifts have secured second place on the Horsham District Football League ladder with a strong win over Harrow Balmoral.

CKS Swifts have continued their winning run, this time at the expense of Harrow Balmoral.

CKS Swifts have continued their winning run, this time at the expense of Harrow Balmoral.

Both Swifts and Harrow Balmoral had each suffered just one loss leading into the match where Swifts took the upper hand.

CKS Swifts had more of the play early on, but failed to capitalise.

They missed several easy opportunities, keeping Harrow Balmoral in the contest.

At the break coaches Paul Hanns and Ben Martin urged their players to settle into a rhythm and play their own game.

"We stressed to the players to settle into the game," Hanns said.

"We needed to realise we had more time than we thought.

"We needed to stop putting ourselves under perceived pressure and hit targets and finish off our goals."

After the firm address CKS Swifts shifted the pressure into their favour and Harrow Balmoral began to turn the ball over.

With turnovers happening all over the ground, CKS Swifts were able to gain possession and rebound with goal kicking opportunities.

Swifts improved their score line and led by 15 points at the main break.

Owen Phillips played a pivotal run with role on Harrow Balmoral's skipper Brent Forsyth in the first half before Scott Carey ran with him in the second.

"Owen did a great job but with Harrow Balmoral's support they laid plenty of blocks and bumps on him and he was spent," Hanns said.

"Scotty Carey did the job in the second half and continued to be successful.

"Scott's probably the fittest bloke at our club so he had no problem keeping up with him."

In the second half CKS Swifts kicked away early, but took their foot off the pedal, something their coaches were extremely disappointed in.

"We had plenty of inside fifties, but our forwards couldn't finish," Hanns said.

"The fourth quarter was really disappointing, as we took the foot off the pedal. It is something we need to work on."

In saying that, Hanns took nothing away from the win and was pleased that they were able to get themselves into a winning position and were strong enough to hold it.

"It was a good team effort," Hanns said.

"The boys stepped up when they needed too now it's just a matter of finding some consistency."

Swifts will increase their training load over the next month or so to ensure they set themselves above the rest of the competition.

Best on ground honours went to Julian Carr who started at centre half forward and moved into the ruck.

Carr won the majority of the ruck contests and gave his onballers first use. Luke Mitchell, Scott Carey, and Josh Molan, in his first senior game, were other good players.

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