CKS Swifts disappointed with loss

CKS Swifts were a little disappointing according to coach Ben Martin in their clash against Horsham District premiership favourites Laharum.

Swifts were disappointed after suffering another defeat.

Swifts were disappointed after suffering another defeat.

Swifts were looking to protect their home ground winning record as well as knock off the undefeated Laharum in what was always going to be a difficult game.

CKS Swifts started the game strongly, winning the ball out of the middle and controlling the play for the opening five minutes.

In that time Swifts had four shots on goal, missing each of them.

"We just couldn't convert," Martin said.

"Against good sides you need to take your opportunities or you are on the back foot. We played catch up football all day."

At the end of the opening quarter the Baggies were down by 32 points and had a long way to come back.

"Not at any stage after those five minutes were we in the game," Martin said.

Daniel Easson played his first game back since May and took control of Swifts utility Ricky Whitehead.

Whitehead was quiet in the first term, but broke the shackles and worked his way into Swifts better players by the final siren.

Sean Mantell continued to work hard and put his head over the football when his teammates were shying away.

"Mantell was great all day," Martin said.

While Martin found it frustrating sitting on the sidelines, it gave him a good opportunity to have a look at the league's best as well as his own players.

"Watching from the sidelines is definitely frustrating," Martin said.

"Especially when we didn't play well. We had six or so players that played well and the rest need to have a good hard look at themselves.

"The disappointing factor was that some players didn't want to put their body in a position to get hurt in order to win a contest.

"That is what finals is all about. We need to lift the intensity and show some ticker."

After the first quarter Swifts were able to limit Laharum's attack and scoring output.

Laharum had just four more scoring shots than Swifts, but were able to win by 44 points.

The final score was Swifts 4.18.42 to Laharum 12.14.86.

Along with Mantell and Whitehead, Zach Salmi also impressed, as did Luke Mitchell.

While disappointed to lose their last home game of the year, Swifts will look to improve in several key areas and hope to get a second chance at Laharum during the finals.

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