Curra in stunning reversal of form
LESS than a month ago, the Curra Swans were reeling from one of the biggest defeats in their recent club history.
Three weeks later they are eyeing off the big prize after putting two wins together and showcasing their ability to fight to the finish.
The Swans scored a thrilling two- point win over University last weekend, coming back from a 16- point deficit in the final quarter to scrape home.
They put 173 points on an understrength Townsville Lions the previous week, one round after being put to the sword by the Thuringowa Bulldogs 19.11 ( 125) to 0.6 ( 6).
Now they will need to take their new- found form to Tony Ireland Stadium for today’s Round 17 showdown with the Bulldogs, who are smarting from their second loss of the season to Hermit Park.
“We have players unavailable through the military and other commitments, but that’s across the board for every team in this competition, and we’re trying to implement a generic team plan that all our players can fit into,” Curra player- coach Ben Yeomans said.
“It all relies on executing with the ball properly, and we are working on avoiding those little mental lapses that cost you big time against teams like Thuringowa and Hermit Park. “We’re putting out a strong squad even though we’re still missing seven or eight players.”
Recent results and ladder position suggest Thuringowa and Hermit Park are favourites to play this year’s Townsville AFL decider, but Yeomans said Curra had every intention of being there on grand final day.
The Swans have a bye week after today’s game and then meet Hermit Park in their second- last regular game of the year. “We have every intention to play finals and we’re playing to win the flag; that’s what you play footy for,” Yeomans said.
The Tigers host Townsville City Lions at Neil French Oval in today’s other game.