Swifts primed for finals run

STRONG: Swifts' Ricky Whitehead. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

STRONG: Swifts' Ricky Whitehead. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Swifts 154 d Pimpinio 14

SWIFTS are primed for a deep run into the finals after making short work of Pimpinio in the last round of the season.

The Baggies played four consistent quarters to extend their lead at each change.

The only blight on their performance was some inaccurate kicking from set shots, which saw them score a wasteful 21.28 for the match.

Apart from the goal kicking, coach Paul Hanns said he was satisfied with the performance.

“It is always hard to come up against a bottom side leading into finals and stick to your structures when you’re not under the same sort of pressure you will be in the coming weeks,” he said.

“We didn’t convert and most of them were pretty easy shots, but we played a good brand of team footy, and we were still getting those shots in the first place.”

Sean Mantell continued his scintillating run of form in the later stages of the season.

Mantell was best-on-ground, and Hanns said his form would help the likes of Ricky Whitehead and Scott Carey heading into the finals.

Damon Folkes and Nick Pickering were also impressive for the Baggies, who will meet Kalkee in a qualifying final on Saturday.

Pimpinio coach Mal Coutts said it was not the best way for the Tigers to end their season.

“The reserves played how we’ve been trying to train, and they thoroughly deserved their win,” he said.

“The seniors could take a leaf out of their book.”

Among the best for Pimpinio were usual contributors Alex Hill, James Wills and Liam Jakobi.

Swifts coach Ben Martin kicked three goals but left the field with a hamstring complaint.

Hanns said the team did not expect to have any injury issues heading into finals.

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