CKS Swifts not treating rivals lightly

CKS Swifts will take on Natimuk United tomorrow in a Horsham District Football League clash that the in form Baggies will not take lightly.

CKS Swifts will not be treating their rivals as easy beats tomorrow.

CKS Swifts will not be treating their rivals as easy beats tomorrow.

While having won four games in a row and sitting comfortably in second spot, Swifts are wary of the firepower Natimuk United possesses.

Coach Paul Hanns is expecting United to bounce back after being thrashed by the undefeated Laharum last week.

"I'm expecting them to come out firing," Hanns said.

"They are a proud club and won't like being beaten as easily as they were against Laharum."

Hanns also reminisced a little about a couple of seasons ago when they were in a similar situation and were defeated by Natimuk.

"They are always strong on their home turf," Hanns said.

"A couple of years ago we were well clear of them on the ladder and got rolled. We need to be playing somewhere near our best football this weekend."

Natimuk have had a mixed bag of results this season, but with the likes of Ashley Pekin, Jonathan Lovel and playing coach Tim Friend, anything is possible on the day.

With those three players leading from the front they could well be the surprise package toward the latter stages of the competition, but they are currently lacking depth.

"They certainly have some handy senior footballers, but they do fall away a bit," Hanns said.

Swifts are expecting there to be very few changes to their line up this week, despite concerns with individual efforts last weekend.

"We have talked to the players about sticking to the team structures," Hanns said.

"We have also warned them that if we need to drop players to get the message across, that will happen, but not this week."

Last weekend Swifts played through centre half forward Julian Carr, who kicked eight goals and in his absence this week, Josh Molan will fill his position.

The Natimuk Showgrounds is a big oval and if Swifts can get their running game into full swing, they will be hard to beat.

At training in recent weeks the focus has been on fitness and it is hoped the improvement will start to show in the weeks to come.

"We have been doing a lot of extra work at training," Hanns said.

"The boys have been a little sorer than usual, but hopefully the benefits come when we meet the top five teams down the track."

Swifts will celebrate Ricky Whitehead's 150th senior game tomorrow as well as looking to keep their winning streak alive heading into their centenary clash against Rupanyup.

Whitehead has been at the club for some time having played his junior football there as well.


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