Milestones aplenty in Swifts’ first match of 2018

Despite round one of the Horsham District league season having come and gone, the Baggies will take to the field for the first time this season on Saturday.

Swifts will host Pimpinio at North Park with a chance to show off a new and improved team.

2014 premiership heroes Jakob Davis and Ben Martin will make their returns to the club while former Navarre midfielder Daniel Parkin will don the teal, white and black in front of his new home crowd.

It could be an emotional game for some Baggies fans, with Damon Folkes making a long awaited return.

Folkes missed the 2017 season after undergoing surgery to his knee. In addition to the excitement of Folkes’ return to football, the utility will be playing his 100th game for Swifts.

Saturday will also be a big day for reserves coach Nick Clarke who will run out for his 200th match.

Baggies senior coach Scott Carey said his team is raring to go.

“Having to wait a week extra has spurred us on even more and the boys are just excited to get back into footy,” he said.

“It will be great to show off the recruits to the home crowd and to have two great club people in Damo and Nick celebrate some milestones.

“It will be great to see Damo back out on the field especially after missing last year.”

The Baggies take on a Pimpinio side which made a slow start to the season last weekend, falling to Harrow-Balmoral by 213 points.

Carey said he goes into Saturday’s game with an open mind.

“We will see how it pans out on Saturday. It is hard to tell how strong a team is after one game, especially against a pretty impressive outfit like Harrow,” he said.

“There is a little bit of the unknown about it, we just have to be at our best regardless.”

The Baggies had the wood over the Tigers last season, winning by an average of 150 points from their two encounters.

Carey said he has outlined the way his side needs to play to succeed.

“We are after is selflessness. The key for us is to share the football to someone in the right position,” he said.

“If everyone can do that and contribute their part then I think we will have a good start to the season.”

The Baggies and Pimpinio will meet at 2.20pm for the senior match-up.

“Playing at home is a good way to kick off the year, North Park looking a treat,” Carey said.

“We just can’t wait to get back out there.

“With a few milestones and returning players the atmosphere should be great.”