A short turnaround will greet the Swans this week as they prepare for a trip to Narrandera to take on the Eagles on Saturday afternoon.
According to coach Adrian Pavese, it will be a good test for his sides resolve having had less time to prepare for this weekend following their convincing win over Coolamon last Sunday.
Pavese is also wary of some of the issues faced by his side when they have come up against teams such as Narrandera.
“When we have come up against teams which we should be beating, no offence to Narrandera, we don’t play to our usual standard,” he said.
“We have really put it into the boys that it doesn’t matter who the opposition is we need to be putting in 100 per cent.”
We have really put it into the boys that it doesn’t matter who the opposition is we need to be putting in 100 per cent.
Pavese knows this game against Narrandera and then next week against Ganmain Grong Grong Matong are games his side should win which would see them secure their place in the final, but it hasn’t been the focus.
The Swans were dominant in the second half of their game against the Hoppers and Pavese knows his side will need to be ready to go from the first bounce.
“We have to be committed and start the game well,” he said.
“Like Coolamon, Narrandera have the potential to make us pay if we aren’t able to get the start we want.
“I thought we started ok against Coolamon but it took effort to drag us out of a bit of a rut at the start of the second half and it was really pleasing to see the boys do it.”
The Swans have a couple of injury concerns heading into the game against the Eagles with Casey Moore in serious doubt after being unable to play the final quarter and a half against Coolamon due to two bad corks.
Mick Duncan may also be rested for the business end of the season to help alleviate a couple of niggles he has played through in recent weeks.
Pavese was happy to report he will be able to make some quality additions to his side.
“We should have Jack Rowston and Heath Northey back,” he said.
“Heath missed through unavailability while Jack was away with the under 17s NSW/ACT side where he was named in the bests.”