CKS Swifts rolling the dice

Swifts put in an average performance in their qualifying final against Kalkee and coach Ben Martin was not impressed.

Swifts put in an average performance in their qualifying final against Kalkee and coach Ben Martin was not impressed.

CKS SWIFTS must bounce back with a win against Edenhope Apsley if they are to keep their Horsham District Football League grand final hopes alive.

Swifts put in an average performance in their qualifying final against Kalkee and coach Ben Martin was not impressed.

"You are not going to win games of football by only playing one decent quarter," Martin said.

"Expecting to play one good quarter and blow your opposition out of the water just won't cut it."

Edenhope Apsley had a tough meeting with Harrow Balmoral in the elimination final last Sunday and with a six day break, they will be expected to have some sore bodies.

"I think having the extra day is a huge advantage for us," Martin said.

"They had a brutal game and have less time to recover. We have to play like we have fresh legs."

One casualty from last week's clash was Edenhope Apsley midfielder Brent Christie.

Christie went into the match with a heavily strapped knee, but appeared to injure his hamstring in the early stages of the first quarter.

It is unlikely Christie will play this weekend and if he does he will be playing at less than 100 percent.

Swifts like the way they match up against Edenhope Apsley and were able to defeat them at the beginning of the year.

With no significant key forward Swifts will be able to free up their talls and use their size in the forward line.

"They're not a very tall team," Martin said.

"So we will look to stretch their defence with our bigs."

Martin himself will return to the line up after missing the first final with a hamstring strain.

Martin was the leading goal kicker for the year and will provide a big target in their forward line.

Richard Thomas will also play despite a scare last weekend.

After driving his knee into the turf he suffered bone bruising, but will play this weekend.

Thomas had Tuesday night off resting his knee, but trained with the group last night.

Edenhope Apsley will look to capitalise through the middle with ruckman Jeremy Kealy and midfielders Dave McLeish and Chris Oliver.

Oliver plays a similar role to Josh Mibus of Kalkee in that he cuts off a lot of delivery into the Swifts forward line.

After Mibus played a role in Kalkee's win last weekend,

Swifts will look to nullify Oliver's impact.

Swifts don't have too much to work on to defeat Edenhope, but there are some screws that need to be tightened.

"We have four teams playing, so for us it should feel like a regular season game," Martin said.

"We can't possibly play as bad as we did for those two quarters againts Kalkee."

Swifts cannot afford to let the margin slip beyond 20 points as in the past, catch up football has been their weakness.

Swifts will get underway at Laharum from 2.20pm.

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