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Young sides at different stages

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April 21, 2017

Euroa and the Shepparton Swans could not head into their round two clash any more polar opposite.

Euroa and the Shepparton Swans could not head into their round two clash any more polar opposite.

JD Hayes is up and about following his first win as coach after the Magpies dismantled Echuca by 48 points, while Paul Griffiths understands his young Swans side has a lot to learn after experiencing the full wrath of Kyabram last week.

Hayes will be leading the troops for the first time at their Memorial Oval home tomorrow.

‘‘It is a ground that really suits us, it is big and open and we are a quick side,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘We like to move the ball and Memorial Oval allows us to do that.’’

Much like Euroa, the Swans are also a young side and Griffiths said his side had an average age of just 20.7 last week against the Bombers.

‘‘Both sides this weekend are young, but we will not use that as an excuse, we will just go out and focus on playing our brand of football,’’ Griffiths said.

‘‘We are on a journey and our main aim is to improve every week and we know where we need to get to following last week’s loss.’’

The Swans found themselves 95 points down at half-time against the reigning premiers before losing by 120 points in the end, although Griffiths was pleased with his side’s second half fight.

‘‘Admittedly Kyabram took the foot off the pedal at half-time, but I still thought there was signs of improvement,’’ Griffiths said.

‘‘It was always going to be difficult with the kids, it was there first half with a new game plan against the best side in the competition.’’

Hayes was hoping to go into tomorrow’s match unchanged, but was unaware if his Footscray VFL-listed brother Will would be available.

‘‘They had a few injures on the weekend, so he might get a game for them,’’ Hayes said.

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