Deck stacked against Swans

July 07, 2017

Undefeated Kyabram's coaching staff will be encouraging their troops to record a big percentage win when they play one-win Shepparton Swans tomorrow.

It is a genuine battle between David and Goliath tomorrow with the Goulburn Valley League’s best and worst teams facing off.

Undefeated Kyabram has a chance for a big percentage boost against one-win Shepparton Swans at home.

Paul Newman’s side will be without Zac Norris tomorrow, who was selected in Victoria Country’s under-19 side, and the travelling Patrick Wearden for a month.

‘‘They’ll both be out this week, but it gives someone else the opportunity to step up and fill the void,’’ Newman said.

‘‘Whoever comes in will know their role and will hopefully apply early pressure to break the Swans’ confidence.’’

Hayden Gemmill, who kicked four goals in the reserves last week, could play his first senior game this season after recovering from osteitis pubis.

‘‘If he fits in and there is a spot for him in the side, then we might get him to play two or three quarters,’’ Newman said.

‘‘Our aim is to have him right for Shepp next week.’’

The Swans will head to Kyabram with nothing to lose.

‘‘It is fair to say Kyabram are in good nick, they are a quality team, but we have to concentrate on doing the best that we can do,’’ coach Paul Griffiths said.

‘‘We will go out and play to our ability, set up the way we want to and give it a crack.’’

Griffiths has seen a fair bit of Kyabram this season and has a fair idea of how the reigning premier goes about it, but stopping them is the biggest challenge.

‘‘Everyone knows how they like to play, including us, but the most difficult thing is trying to stop them,’’ Griffiths said.

‘‘They are a competitive bunch, they want to win and fight for every possession, it’ll be a good learning curve for our younger guys.’’

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