Swifts' mission to make preliminary final

CKS Swifts onballer Ricky Whitehead lost his jumper in this incident with an Edenhope
Apsley opponent in the HDFL semi fi nal clash at Laharum. Picture: MARK McMILLAN
CKS Swifts onballer Ricky Whitehead lost his jumper in this incident with an Edenhope Apsley opponent in the HDFL semi fi nal clash at Laharum. Picture: MARK McMILLAN

CKS SWIFTS are on a mission - After two previous attempts they are looking to advance through the Horsham District Football League preliminary final.

In 20l1 and 2012 they failed and tomorrow at Rupanyup they believe the time is right for them to grab a spot in the 2014 grand final.

CKS Swifts joint coach, Paul Hanns said his team has the belief they can win tomorrow's preliminary final clash against Kalkee.

He said the club had recruited a number of experienced players this season and he was hopeful this added depth within the ranks would take Swifts to the next stage.

"We have beaten Kalkee this season and this has given us confidence. We have played them on three occasions now and this has allowed us to realise what we need to do to beat them," Hanns said.

Good news for Swifts is that both Josh Molan and joint coach Ben Martin will be available tomorrow.

Molan was unavailable last week and Martin was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Defender Damon Folkes, who suffered an ankle injury in last week's semi final, trained on Tuesday night and was expected to undergo a fitness test last night.

Hanns said with these players available it would mean some tough decisions would have to be made at selection.

He said while his team had the belief they can win, it was important they use their running players, the likes of Scott Carey, Sean Mantell, Ash Cowen and Josh Newton.

"Kalkee have solid and experienced bodies, so we must use the ball well and maintain possession, not allowing them to slow the game down and allow the bigger bodies to take over."

Hanns said Swifts forwards are a key, but over the past few weeks delivery into the forward line hadn't been good.

"Added to this is the fact our decision making has been poor and we must improve on this.

"We have Julian Carr, Ben Martin and Luke Mitchell to stretch the Kalkee defence and we can throw ruckman Brett Hargreaves down there when he needs a rest.

"A huge plus for us is that our defenders are very versatile and play on both talls and smalls. Jakob Davis, Richard and Justin Thomas, Aaron Chavasse and Damon Folkes have been solid all season," he said.

Hanns said through the midfield the likes of Nick Pickering, Sean Mantell, Ricky Whitehead, Damian Joiner and Isaac Rathgeber would be important.

Of course Kalkee have a few pluses of their own.

Steve Schultz is a dynamo, he works hard and continually has the Kees into attack.

Paul Christian and Matt Beddison are other onballers who can step up, while Tim Wade in the ruck and Josh Beddison at full back have had big seasons.

Josh Mibus at centre half back, if allowed, can control the game. He reads the play well and is prepared to run off his opponent.

There is no turning back from here for Swifts, there is just one game and one opponent between them and a shot at the grand final and they must make the most of their opportunity tomorrow.

This week Paul Hanns has indicated he is keen 'to throw his hat in the ring' to coach Swifts again in season 2015.

"The club has come too far over the past few years to walk away.

"If we can keep the playing list together, we can continue to have success," Hanns said.

He said his co-coach Ben Martin had indicated he would not be seeking re-appointment next season, but would be remaining on as a player.


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