Baggies’ Giant opportunity with potential league swap

NEW CHALLENGE: Swifts coach Scott Carey wrestles with a Southern Mallee Giants player. The Baggies are supportive of the Giants' move. Picture: Georgia Hallam.

NEW CHALLENGE: Swifts coach Scott Carey wrestles with a Southern Mallee Giants player. The Baggies are supportive of the Giants' move. Picture: Georgia Hallam.

It would be a bittersweet moment for Swifts Football Netball Club if the Southern Mallee Giants make the move out of the Horsham District league this season. 

The Giants have dominated the Horsham District league for the last two seasons, with their senior football side going unbeaten. 

Swifts coach Scott Carey said while he thinks the move will be positive for all clubs.

“I think it would be good for football in the area,” he said.

“It adds something to the Wimmera league and makes their draw a lot better while we get the advantage of having a bye which is what the clubs wanted.

“I think (Horsham district) clubs are a bit more excited about their prospects for the season.

“The biggest negative about them leaving is probably the loss off a few key interleague players.”

The Baggies were meant to face off against the Giants in round one of the 2018 season, something Carey said he was looking forward to.

“I would have liked to have had a shot at being the first team to beat them,” he said.

Carey said he expects the 2018 season to be tightly contested, with a number of teams improving since last year.

“Realistically it opens up the door a bit more for us and a lot of other clubs,” he said.

“Harrow-Balmoral is still the team to beat, but I think seven or eight teams will be in with a chance at claiming a top three spot.”

The Baggies will resume training next week to continue the hunt for their first senior premiership since 2014.