Stawell Swifts must win

After losing their second game for the season last weekend against Kalkee, Swifts will look to get back on the winner's list tomorrow afternoon.

After losing their second game for the season last weekend against Kalkee, Swifts will look to get back on the winner's list tomorrow afternoon.

IT IS a case of needing to bounce back in the CKS Swifts camp when they take on Edenhope-Apsley in the Horsham District Football League.

After losing their second game for the season last weekend against Kalkee, Swifts will look to get back on the winner's list tomorrow afternoon.

It was a poor performance against Kalkee, as after showing fight for the first quarter, they fell away.

The coaching staff took the Swifts players into the rooms on Tuesday night to address some of the issues that had arisen from their loss.

"The boys were pretty flat at the beginning of training. It was more quiet than usual," joint coach Ben Martin said.

"We did go over the areas we were poor in on the weekend and areas that needed to improve for us to win this weekend."

Unlike the Kalkee ground Edenhope's home ground is normally perfect for football.

"Having only played there twice, I would think the conditions would be pretty good," Martin said.

"It is a sandy ground, so if it is wet the water goes away a bit. We shouldn't have any problems with the ground."

Adding to the stresses of senior coaching, both Martin and Paul Hanns had tough decisions to make last night at training, as at the beginning of the week, five players had made themselves unavailable due to work commitments.

"At the start of the week five of our top senior players said they were unavailable," Martin said.

"We have since battled really hard for them to try and get swaps so that they can play. At this stage I would say three of them might be right to go."

If those players are unavailable Martin and Hanns will draw from their performing players in the reserves and under 17s team.

Getting a similar team on the park from week to week has been a problem for the Swifts all year, but it is time for that to change.

"Now that it is the pointy end of the season, we need some stability in our line up," Martin said.

"It is only a small commitment now, it is just two months of football."

Last night's training was similar to that of Tuesday night with all the Swifts players well aware of what is at stake.

"The pressure is certainly on us now," Martin said.

"If we drop this week's game we will be back in the middle section and all our hard work at the start of the season is undone. If we can win tomorrow, all is good."

Edenhope-Apsley won their game against Natimuk last weekend, but also fell victim to Kalkee the week prior to that.

It will be a hot contest early and Swifts will definitely need to play their best football on the Edenhope ground.

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