Curra in stun­ning re­ver­sal of form

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

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.

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