CKS Swifts headed towards finals

CKS Swifts will enter their finals series full of confidence as they easily defeated Pimpinio in the final round of the Horsham District Football League.

Swifts are now ready to launch their finals campaign.

Swifts are now ready to launch their finals campaign.

Although starting sluggish according to coach Paul Hanns, Swifts were able to run out winners by a massive 140 points against a struggling Tigers outfit.

Swifts offensive game was on from the first bounce, but it was their defensive game that looked vulnerable early.

"We just allowed them to run the ball out of our forward line," Hanns said.

"We needed more defensive pressure. Top sides would have punished us."

After a stern talking to at quarter time the Baggies were able to come out and play three quarters of phenomenal football.

As the scoreboard continued to tick over for Swifts, Pimpinio's scoring had dried up completely, kicking just two behinds in the last half.

"At quarter time we made a real point of having to improve," Hanns said.

"We didn't want just a mediocre performance. We really wanted to put them away."

Sean Mantell was free to do what he liked through the middle of the ground in another strong performance as did Damon Folkes who was a clear best on ground in the first half.

Folkes faded and had less of the football in the second half, however he was still in the Swifts best.

Ricky Whitehead has also peaked at the right time of the year playing another good game.

With a 106 point buffer heading into the last quarter Swifts were able to experiment with some different options across the ground.

Richard Thomas, who has played limited games, was able to show his versatility as he was moved from defence to the middle of the ground and even forward.

Thomas kicked three goals in the final term to impress his coaches.

"Rick Thomas up forward was a nice surprise," Hanns said.

"It was good to be able to do a bit of trial and error before finals. You never know what can happen in finals."

Swifts had many easy opportunities go begging in front of goal with 28 minor scores and just 21 goals.

Adding to their success was the impressive 13 goalkickers on the day with Ben Martin, Zach Salmi and Rick Thomas the best of them with three each.

Goal kicking has been a work in progress for Swifts in the back half of the season and will again be a focus at training during the week.

"As much as it's disappointing to have wasted all those opportunities, it's great to know we can get the ball inside fifty as much as we do," Hanns said.


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