Swifts will be eyeing off a potential jump to third position on the Horsham District Football League ladder when they take on Pimpinio this weekend.
The Baggies are level with third placed Jeparit-Rainbow on 36 points, with only 0.17 per cent separating the two sides.
The difference between third and fourth spot may not end up meaning all too much in the scheme of the finals, with likely match ups against either Laharum or Edenhope-Apsley both tough prospects for the Baggies.
Swifts coach Scott Carey said it would be ideal to finish as high up the ladder as possible.
“Obviously any game in the finals is going to be tough,” he said.
“There is no real preference where we finish, but we will want to sneak up the ladder as much as we can.”
Despite not mathematically confirmed in the finals just yet, the Baggies’ highly likely finals appearance would see them play at Beulah, the home ground of the Southern Mallee Giants.
Carey said the ground is a good venue for his team.
“We were lucky enough to play there this year,” he said.
“It is a big and open ground. We moved the ball pretty well when we played the Giants. It suits our game style pretty well.”
Swifts should be able to boost its percentage this weekend against the bottom placed Tigers, who are coming off a 280-point drubbing at the hands of Harrow-Balmoral.
Pimpinio remain the only win-less team in the HDFL and will find it tough to grab four points this season with just three games remaining.
Swifts will take the opportunity to rest its more senior players this weekend to get them fit for finals.
“Adam Leslie and Nick Pickering will probably have the week off to rest up since they are on the elder end,” he said.
“We will bring in a couple of reserves and under 17’s players that have had glimpses of senior football to continue to expose them to that level.
“Saturday will give us a great opportunity to continue to work on our game style for finals.”
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