Swans eager to triumph at home

WITH its two wins this season coming on the road, East Devonport coach Daniel Freshney admits his side is still getting used to the wide open spaces of Girdlestone Park.
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However, Freshney is confident the Swans will be able to turn their fortunes around at home this weekend when they take on Smithton.

“We are pretty much a whole new team so the smaller grounds and tighter spaces have suited us a bit better,” Freshney.

“It’s something we are getting used to, but our confidence is up and hopefully we can get a win in front of the supporters this week.”

The Swans hand was forced at the selection table, with Mark Marriott (foot) and Bradley French (hamstring) both missing through injury.

Brady Stubbs and Chris Poole were omitted from the side, which lost to Wynyard last round.

Into the side comes Kurt Jeffrey, Michael Bloomfield, Rodney Coglan and George McLachlan.

Freshney hoped the inclusions would help his side run the game out.

“Last week we played three quarters of good football, but got smashed in the third,” he said.

“This week we’ve talked about making good starts to the quarters and continuing on through the game.

“We know we can match it with the best, we’ve just got to sustain the pressure.”

A win would lift the fourth- placed Swans above the third- placed Saints, and should Latrobe lose to Wynyard, the red and white would be in outright second place.

However, Freshney was not getting too carried away.

“Smithton have some very dangerous key players like (Scott) Bryan, (Damien) Medwin and (Clint) Riley,” he said.

“We will need to be on from the opening bounce.”

Smithton, 39-point winner over Ulverstone last week, has made one change, with Luke Viney coming in for Josh Smith.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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