A lack of winning form going into Sunday’s elimination final against Edenhope-Apsley does not concern Swifts too much.
The Baggies have lost three of their last five games but senior coach Scott Carey said they have not necessarily come with bad form.
“The losses haven't come with bad form. We would have liked to take a winning mindset in but that us just how it goes sometimes,” he said.
“There was good enthusiasm at training and everyone is ready to play some finals footy.”
It will be Swifts’ second consecutive season in the finals, having reached it to the semi finals last year.
The Baggies won last year’s elimination final against Natimuk United by less than one-goal, experience Carey thinks holds his side in good stead.
“Having that finals experience definitely helps,” he said.
“It might only be a couple of games for some of the players but we won’t go in there with a bit of the unknown.
“We also know what it is like to win a close contest too.”
The Saints and Swifts have met just once this season, all the way back in round four at the end of April.
Edenhope-Apsley came away with the four points that day, spoiling Carey’s 200th game with a comprehensive 42-point win.
Carey said he believes both sides have changed since that match but they will still take lessons away from it.
“We picked up on the way they structured up as a team but since then we have a few new players in and so do they so the set up will probably be a bit different,” he said.
“They have a tight knit group that worked hard in attack and defence.”
The Baggies will be at near full fitness for the final, with big forward Ben Martin a possible inclusion after missing in recent weeks due to a foot issue.
“Benny (Martin) trained this week and all considering he pulls up fine on Saturday he should be playing,” Carey said.
“We shouldn’t have to make any forced changes. We should be able to pick a side that matches Edenhope the best we can.”
Matching Edenhope-Apsley’s intensity early on will be crucial for Swifts, needing to stay with them and not let them get away.
“It is just about playing solid team football,” Carey said.
“The pressure needs to be up to finals footy standard. We were able to do that last year and I believe we can do it again on Sunday.”
Saints coach Chris Oliver said he expects a close game.
“We play better football when people aren’t expecting us to win and we just go that little bit harder,” he said.
“This weekend I think it is very even and I’m not sure we are underdogs.”