Swifts in battle for second spot

CKS Swifts will take on Harrow-Balmoral tomorrow in the Horsham District Football League to see who will secure second spot on the ladder.

Swifts youngster Josh Newton breaks away from his Rupanyup opponent in Saturday's big win.

Swifts youngster Josh Newton breaks away from his Rupanyup opponent in Saturday's big win.

Both Harrow-Balmoral and CKS Swifts have both suffered just one loss this season, to Laharum, who look the likely favourite to take out the title.

Harrow-Balmoral went down to Laharum by a massive 96-point margin just six days ago and will be out to make amends this week at Stawell's North Park.

Swifts coach Ben Martin is expecting a high intensity, physical encounter with one of the league's better teams.

"Like all good teams they will bounce back," Martin said.

"It is something we are aware of. We just need a good start to counteract it."

Swifts lost to Laharum, but the margin was 31 points and the Baggies have had the big win over Rupanyup since.

"If we play good accountable footy, we can come away with a good result," Martin said.

Martin spoke of the different playing styles each team possesses and said Swifts defensive game was a focus.

"Our defensive game has to be there," Martin said.

"In the game against Laharum their pressure changed our structures.

"We just need to make sure the game is played on our terms."

While Swifts boasts a run and carry type line up, Harrow-Balmoral is the opposite.

The Southern Roos play play a high possession game of football and use many handballs to link up the play.

It is expected the home crowd will have some impact on the final result, but if recent results are anything to go by, it will be a cracking game for both clubs.

It will be the first time CKS Swifts have played at their home ground since round three when they took on Edenhope-Apsley.

"There is a definite advantage playing in front of your home crowd," Martin said.

"We always want to play well at home, so it's great to be back on our turf."

Swifts will look to go into the match at full strength with injured star Damian McDonald the only exception.

McDonald strained a medial ligament and the coaching staff will take no chances with his return.

Josh Newton is also under an injury cloud and is 50-50 as to whether he will play tomorrow.

For Harrow-Balmoral coach Brett Forsyth is one of many players Swifts will have to pay close attention to as are the Heath brothers who are strong coming out of defence.

Action is at North Park at approximately 2.20pm.


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