Natimuk United v Swifts

KICK: Swift Scott Carey lines up target. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

KICK: Swift Scott Carey lines up target. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ground: Natimuk Showground, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Umpires: S. McKinnon and A. Wright.

Last time they met: Round one, 2014. Swifts 16.17 (113) d Natimuk United 8.12 (60).

NATIMUK United is focusing on putting the weekend's racism controversy behind it as it prepares to host Swifts on Saturday.

Coach Tim Friend said alleged racist remarks to two of his players and a big loss to Laharum had galvanised the playing group.

He said the team had a big task ahead if it wanted to beat Swifts and put itself back in the finals race.

"We've got a long way to come back, because we know what the top sides are like and we're clearly not there," he said.

"We played Swifts in the first game and I thought we were pretty good after quarter-time.

"We're fitter now and I'd like to think we can certainly improve on last time."

Friend said the Baggies' combination of outside runners and big targets inside 50 created match-up headaches for any team.

But the visitors will be without one of their big marking targets.

Julian Carr kicked eight goals at the weekend but is expected to miss, while Josh Molan will come into the side.

Baggies coach Paul Hanns said the team would be on its guard despite comfortably beating the Rams in round one.

"It's not a game we can take lightly," he said.

"They are always hard to beat at home and will want to bounce back after last round.

"They play their oval well, so we will be pushing for our blokes to stick to our structures and play a team game to get a good win on the board."


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