CKS Swifts face biggest test

CKS SWIFTS will enjoy their greatest challenge of the year when they meet an undefeated Laharum in tomorrow's Horsham District Football League clash.

CKS Swifts onballer Josh Newton breaks away from his Noradjuha Quantong opponent to get his handpass away on Saturday.

CKS Swifts onballer Josh Newton breaks away from his Noradjuha Quantong opponent to get his handpass away on Saturday.

Swifts bounced back from two disappointing losses with a good win over Noradjuha Quantong, but a game against Laharum will show them what they are up against come finals time.

Coach Ben Martin said it was a huge test for his young team, but there was no pressure.

"It is another good test for us," Martin said.

"It will give us a good guide as to where we are at. They have played good football all year and that is where everyone else wants to be at."

A win for Swifts would relieve some pressure as they continue to try to cement their top three spot.

Another club goal is to protect their home ground and having not lost a game at North Park so far this season, they don't plan on doing so in their last home game of the season.

"We are yet to lose on our home ground and we would like to keep it that way," Martin said.

Last time the two teams met it was a low scoring, congested slog in torrential rain.

"We could be playing in the same conditions and if that is the case, it might be low scoring," Martin said.

"When it comes to the weather it is a case of what will be will be. For us the weather won't play a part."

Swifts will be happy with the players to return to the lineup with Brett Hargreaves and Nick Pickering both available.

Jake Goodes will return after suffering bone bruising to his knee a few weeks ago and Luke Mitchell may also be up for selection.

Kyle Ryan, who played in his first senior match last weekend, will return to the juniors despite doing nothing wrong.

"He really didn't do anything wrong, it's just a matter of getting some experience into them," Martin said.

Martin had problems of his own when he received a one week suspension for striking, at the tribunal on Wednesday night.

With the Laharum lineup as strong as they are, Martin hasn't put a lot of thought into their players.

"At this stage the best match ups will happen on game day," Martin said.

Shannon Argall and Jason Przibilla are players to watch and so far this season have been in white hot form.

According to Martin, Laharum's strength is its defence.

"They are very good defensively," Martin said.

"They are disciplined and they kept Pimpinio to just three points. Anytime a team does that you are a little impressed."

The focus of tomorrow's match will be to work out how to break the defence of Laharum.


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