Crunch time for Swifts

HDFL - CKS Swifts will be out to continue their giant killing run when they clash with Edenhope Apsley in the Horsham District Football League preliminary final at Natimuk tomorrow.

Swifts are flying high after producing a stunning 28 point win against Laharum last weekend but Baggies coach Paul Hanns insists his side won't become complacent.

"Finals footy is a different ball game and we've got to go in with the same mindset as last week," he said.

"We've got to work defensively to get the ball back. We harp on at training not to become complacent."

Swifts met Edenhope Apsley, who finished the season off in top spot, only three weeks ago and won by four points in a thrilling encounter at North Park.

However, history counts for nothing ahead of tomorrow's preliminary final.

Hanns is hoping Swifts continue their good form that saw them upset the Mountain Men, saying he would like to see the return of the work ethic to get numbers around the football and stoppages as well as hard defensive running.

Swifts played what president Robert Carey described as a 'very team-oriented defensive game' last weekend, with Hanns agreeing, saying it was a team effort that got the win on the board and the Baggies must continue to work as a team.

"It will come down to the side that'll have more contributors on the day. It's a finals game and they (Edenhope Apsley) are a side with not just a handful of good players but have a good mix right through," Hanns said.

"It will be up to everyone to beat their man."

The biggest job for Swifts will be to stem the flow through the midfield to Saints forwards, with James Dixon their main focal point while Dylan Vanzini is in fine form following a four goal haul in Saints' one point loss to Kalkee at the weekend.

Last time Swifts met the Saints, Justin Thomas had the tough job of holding Dixon and the two may meet again.

Hanns declared tomorrow's match will be won out of the midfield.

Scott Carey was best on field last week and is vital to a winning Swifts team, with help to come from onballers Ricky Whitehead, Sean Mantell and Hanns.

"Edenhope Apsley win a good contested ball. We've just got to make sure we put ourselves in front and work hard to put pressure on them to turn the ball over and keep it away from the likes of Dixon and (Michael) Crilly," Hanns said.

"We have to make sure their delivery going into their forward line is not the best."

One thing that is in Saints' favour is the fact that the Baggies have had a six day turnaround compared to the usual seven.

Hanns said it has been a very light week on the track, adding the Baggies had to be a 'bit smarter' with their recovery this week.

The only injury concern for Swifts is Jeremy Joiner who hurt his ankle in last week's semi final win, however he is expected to play while Hayden Phillips (knee) may also be in the mix to return.

The winner of tomorrow's preliminary final will face Kalkee in the HDFL premiership decider next weekend.

Swifts are flying high after producing a stunning 28 point win against Laharum last weekend but Baggies coach Paul Hanns insists his side won't become complacent.

"Finals footy is a different ball game and we've got to go in with the same mindset as last week," he said.

"We've got to work defensively to get the ball back. We harp on at training not to become complacent."

Swifts met Edenhope Apsley, who finished the season off in top spot, only three weeks ago and won by four points in a thrilling encounter at North Park.

However, history counts for nothing ahead of tomorrow's preliminary final.

Hanns is hoping Swifts continue their good form that saw them upset the Mountain Men, saying he would like to see the return of the work ethic to get numbers around the football and stoppages as well as hard defensive running.

Swifts played what president Robert Carey described as a 'very team-oriented defensive game' last weekend, with Hanns agreeing, saying it was a team effort that got the win on the board and the Baggies must continue to work as a team.

"It will come down to the side that'll have more contributors on the day. It's a finals game and they (Edenhope Apsley) are a side with not just a handful of good players but have a good mix right through," Hanns said.

"It will be up to everyone to beat their man."

The biggest job for Swifts will be to stem the flow through the midfield to Saints forwards, with James Dixon their main focal point while Dylan Vanzini is in fine form following a four goal haul in Saints' one point loss to Kalkee at the weekend.

Last time Swifts met the Saints, Justin Thomas had the tough job of holding Dixon and the two may meet again.

Hanns declared tomorrow's match will be won out of the midfield.

Scott Carey was best on field last week and is vital to a winning Swifts team, with help to come from onballers Ricky Whitehead, Sean Mantell and Hanns.

"Edenhope Apsley win a good contested ball. We've just got to make sure we put ourselves in front and work hard to put pressure on them to turn the ball over and keep it away from the likes of Dixon and (Michael) Crilly," Hanns said.

"We have to make sure their delivery going into their forward line is not the best."

One thing that is in Saints' favour is the fact that the Baggies have had a six day turnaround compared to the usual seven.

Hanns said it has been a very light week on the track, adding the Baggies had to be a 'bit smarter' with their recovery this week.

The only injury concern for Swifts is Jeremy Joiner who hurt his ankle in last week's semi final win, however he is expected to play while Hayden Phillips (knee) may also be in the mix to return.

The winner of tomorrow's preliminary final will face Kalkee in the HDFL premiership decider next weekend.

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