CKS Swifts hit back hard

CKS Swifts have put their name back on the winner's list with a convincing win over Rupanyup in the Horsham District Football League.

Ricky Whitehead continues to lead the way for CKS Swifts.

Ricky Whitehead continues to lead the way for CKS Swifts.

After losing last week to Laharum, Swifts were eager to get out on the ground and find some winning form.

Despite always looking the stronger team on the scoreboard the first half held many positives and negatives for the young Baggies.

Joint coach Ben Martin, who finished the game with eight goals, wasn't overly happy with the delivery from his midfielders early.

"To be honest we just weren't playing smart football," Martin said.

"They had numbers back and we were just bombing away.

"We just needed to lower the vision and find the open man."

The first half saw Swifts lead by 38 points, but both of the coaches were unhappy.

"Both Hannsy (Paul Hanns) and myself were a little disappointed at the half time break," Martin said.

"The boys had the mindset of we are going to win.

"Most of the team would have been happy with a five, seven, 10 goal win, where Hannsy and I really want to be top three contenders."

Both Martin and Hanns are in their second season of sharing the top job and are trying desperately to instill that killer instict into the players.

"We lack the killer instinct, we need to bury teams to improve our percentage," Martin said.

"That's what it will come down to."

After a half time rev up from several club leaders, the Baggies found some heart and began playing a brand of football their fans would be used to.

They started to break lines, take bounces and link up.

The scoreboard for Swifts ticked over at a similar rate to the first half, but their defensive pressure had lifted.

Rupanyup kicked just two goals in the second half, letting Swifts slip out to an 111 point win.

Sean Mantell was one player who in the second half took his game to another level.

Damian Ball also proved to his coaches that he is deserving of more time in the senior team and will create a dilemma at selection over the next couple of weeks.

"We will definitely have selection headaches this weekend," Martin said.

"We have four or five to come back into a team where most of the guys played pretty well."

Rupanyup players such as David Lang and James Delahunty, who look to have a long season in front of them, played their roles on the weekend but had limited support.

Delahunty also suffered a likely cork to either the upper thigh or buttock.

The final score was Swifts 23.18.156 to Rupanyup 7.3.45.

Swifts will return to their home ground this weekend to take on Harrow-Balmoral at North Park.


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