Swans focus on effort

May 11, 2018

After last week's drumming at the hands of a dominant Kyabram, Shepparton Swans hope they have learned enough to stand the test against a similarly talented Euroa outfit this weekend.

A reeling Shepparton Swans unit will travel to Euroa this weekend looking to avoid yet another hefty defeat.

After being put to the sword by Kyabram to the tune of 177 points, the only way is up for the Swans as they tackle a similarly talented outfit this weekend.

Coach Justin George said all his side could do was learn from the Bombers smashing.

‘‘They gave us a football lesson; in professionalism, skill execution, discipline and fitness,’’ George said.

‘‘It’s good for our young team to really understand how far we have to go.

‘‘You always learn playing against a really good team.’’

Sitting 0-5 and having been outscored by 631 points in those losses, George said effort level was most important this weekend.

‘‘Obviously they’re a good side with good players, so we’ll go there and do our best,’’ he said.

‘‘We just want to see effort and execution and to be better for longer.

‘‘We were very good in the first quarter last week and unable to sustain it and then good for the first 20 minutes of the third and unable to sustain it.

‘‘The journey we’re on, we’re just looking to improve each week and at some stage we will get there.’’

Euroa has shown glimpses of incredible potential this year, never more so than in a nine-goal third quarter against Echuca last weekend.

Coach JD Hayes said while he was hoping his side could handle its business, it would not be as simple as turning up.

‘‘What we heard was that despite the score against Kyabram, they looked really good in the first quarter,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘So we’re looking forward to it.’’

After being a late withdrawal last weekend, veteran Craig Bamford will have another crack at breaking the Euroa games record and moving to second all-time in Goulburn Valley League games.

Euroa-bred Bamford has played 365 games with the club and will pass present club president Scott Watson with his next.

‘‘He debuted when I was born, for some perspective,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘He brings a lot of experience, he’s an absolute professional, he fronts up every week and he always does the recovery he needs to.

‘‘And he’s clocked up some miles driving from Melbourne every week.’’

Matt Ivill (shoulder), Jimmy Ivill (shoulder) and Max Gleeson (finger) are among those dropping out of the line-up, with debutant Peter Cairns, Will Murray and Bamford some of the replacements for the Memorial Oval clash.

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