Swifts winning streak comes to an end

CKS Swifts have suffered their first lost for season 2014 in the Horsham District Football League.
CKS Swifts have suffered their first lost for season 2014 in the Horsham District Football League.

HDFL- CKS Swifts have suffered their first lost for season 2014 in the Horsham District Football League at the hands of Laharum.

Swifts were under the impression it would be a hard game with a trip to Laharum one of the toughest assignments on the Horsham District schedule.

The match was in the balance for the majority of the first term.

Both teams had hit the scoreboard five times, but Laharum had cashed in on more of their opportunities.

The wind was pushing straight across the ground giving neither team an advantage but affecting both of their disposal efficiency.

In the second period Laharum added three majors to their tally while the Baggies managed just three behinds.

With the rain starting to come down toward the end of the second quarter the game became an arm wrestle.

After several minutes it became evident that the rain was there to stay putting Swifts on the back foot.

After struggling in the opening two quarters it was always going to be tough for Swifts to be able to put a big score on the board.

As the rain continued to fall Swifts structure and team play had been compromised while Laharum stuck to their guns.

"They had more will playing for their teammates and sticking to their structures," coach Paul Hanns said.

"That proved to be the difference."

CKS Swifts had plenty of the ball for the entire game and had they have kicked straight early on in the game the final result may have been different.

While the Swifts may not be happy to have the clubs first loss for the season there were still plenty of positives to take out from the game and they now know they are in good shape.

Swifts had a strong mid-field with the likes of Scott Carey and Jake Goodes running through the middle.

The pair ran hard for the most part of the game but had little support.

"We had too many passengers," Hanns said.

"To beat quality teams everyone has to be prepared to work hard and play the team game."

The Swifts failed to kick a major in both the second and fourth quarter as Laharum ran out 31 point winners.

The final score was CKS Swifts 4.6.30 defeated by Laharum 9.7.61.

Best players for the Swifts were Sean Mantell, Jake Goodes and Scott Carey through the midfield.

Matt Healy had a good day winning a high percentage of the ruck contests despite playing on a number of different opponents.

First year players Josh Newton and Zach Salmi also showed they have what it takes to play against the very best in the league.

Swifts will now prepare to bounce back for the first time this year when they take on Rupanyup at Rupanyup.

This is the third consecutive road game for the Baggies.


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