Ground: North Park, Stawell, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Last time they met: Round eight, 2014. Swifts 16.20 (116) d Taylors Lake 6.12 (48).
SWIFTS are searching for a better effort against Taylors Lake on Saturday, despite their previous match with the Lakers yielding a 68-point win.
Although the win was comfortable on the scoreboard, the Lakers won the second quarter and only lost the final quarter by a goal.
Swifts coach Ben Martin said his team had been fighting the inconsistency it displayed against Taylors Lake all season.
“Last time we said our goal was to hold them to six goals or fewer, which we did, but five of those goals came in one quarter,” he said.
“When you play the really good teams you have to play four quarters of good, consistent footy, so we want to get into that habit.
“The way we moved the ball into our forward line was frustrating as well, so we want to improve that.”
Ash Cowen did not play for the Baggies at the weekend as expected, but should play his first game of the season on Saturday.
Cowen has taken time off football to concentrate on his running, and Martin said the added leg speed would be welcome in what could turn into sloppy conditions.
Taylors Lake coach Deek Roberts agreed speed was one factor his team needed to look out for.
“They’ve got some quick young players on the outside who really took it to us last time,” he said.
“We’re not the slowest team by any means, but when it’s on the outside, we need to be better.”
Dean Harberger will return to bolster the Lakers’ midfield, putting the team at near full strength.