Navarre set to be tested by Swans | MCDFNL 2017

Sam Kaye. Picture: Terri Dean.
Sam Kaye. Picture: Terri Dean.

Navarre will face off against ladder leaders Natte Bealiba at Natte Yallock Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The sides will play for the Hannett-Ross Shield, partly named after the father of Navarre players Jesse and Louis Hannett.

“It is always a really tight game against Natte,” Navarre coach Jayden Fowkes said.

“It is great that Jesse and Louis get to go out there and play for their dad’s shield.”

The teams are coming off a break, which Fowkes said was much needed.

“It is always good to get a rest and have some time for the niggles and muscle soreness to settle,” he said.

It is always a really tight game against Natte.

Jayden Fowkes

The Swans have shaped up to be early premiership favourites, winning five of their six games by 90-points or more to move to the top of the table undefeated.

“They have been smashing teams this year, so we are definitely cautious of them,” Fowkes said.

“I think it will be a pretty contested game, if we can run and carry the ball and overlap rather than go from stoppage to stoppage that will help us a lot.”

Fowkes said his side are doing the right things to move towards a fifth consecutive premiership.

“We are still being hunted by everyone,” he said.

“Players like Josh Fowkes, Lachie Slorach the Driscoll boys and a whole heap of others have continued to drive us forward.”