Motivation for CKS Swifts

CKS Swifts will take on long-time rival Rupanyup in the Horsham District Football League tomorrow as they celebrate one hundred years of football.

Swifts will have the motivation of their centenary celebrations driving them to victory over Rupanyup tomorrow.

Swifts will have the motivation of their centenary celebrations driving them to victory over Rupanyup tomorrow.

Coach Paul Hanns is excited about the game and all it means to the club and assumes his players feel the same.

"It's a huge occasion for the club," Hanns said.

"It will be pretty awesome to be a part of."

Although not having the success or depth they have had over the years Swifts are still expecting a tough contest from Rupanyup in front of a large home crowd.

Rupanyup have recorded just one win in their 10 rounds of football and it came against a winless Pimpinio.

Despite their results Swifts will go into the game with the same mentality they have in previous weeks.

"We need to stick to the same structure of trying to use our bigs," Hanns said.

"It is even more important in front of a big crowd. We will need to settle into our game style early and not be too overawed by the situation."

Crowd numbers are expected to be well up on a normal game with a finals like atmosphere on the cards.

Swifts support has also increased with their recent success.

This season Swifts have lost just one game to Horsham District powerhouse Laharum and currently sit in second place.

"We are in a really good position at the minute," Hanns said.

"Unlike other years we have plenty of blokes putting their hand up for selection. It is a different ball game having so many options."

Julian Carr will be one inclusion coming off his eight goal game against Pimpinio a fortnight ago, while Damien McDonald and Sean Mantell will return from injury.

McDonald sustained a strain to the medial ligament in his knee in the early rounds of the season but has now put two solid training sessions in and is right to go.

"Damien McDonald has trained all week and has pulled up well so he will certainly be in the mix for the game," Hanns said.

Mantell on the other hand missed just one game with tightness in his hamstring.

"It is tough as a coach to make the decisions knowing it is such a big game but that's football," Hanns said.

Hanns said the hype leading into the match had been a great motivator for his team during the week and that the centenary milestone would feature in his pre match speech.

Jamie Britten will have his own milestone game to worry about as he reaches 450 Horsham District Football League matches.

If Swifts play anywhere near their best footy they would be comfortable winners but the occasion might also spark some fire in the Rupanyup camp.

Swifts seniors will take to the field in their commemorative jumpers at the adjusted time of 2.00pm at North Park.


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