Bag­gies on

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Hdfnl Finals - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Since claim­ing a mem­o­rable flag in 2014, Swifts have only one fi­nals win to their name.

Their mis­sion is to change that dur­ing the com­ing weeks.

The Bag­gies were bun­dled out in the first week of the fi­nals by Eden­hope-ap­s­ley last sea­son but have re­bounded this year to fin­ish fifth on the lad­der.

One of the side’s call­ing cards this year has been a stout team de­fence, con­ced­ing just 69 points a con­test.

Co-coach Scott Carey said re­cruit Todd Matthews – lured to the club af­ter years play­ing for the Wim­mera Foot­ball League’s Stawell War­riors – had helped boost the Bag­gies’ back­line.

“He has been a great in­clu­sion this sea­son,” Carey said.

“He’s been a bit of a gen­eral down back and given us a bit of a calm­ing in­flu­ence un­der pres­sure, which is one of the ar­eas we iden­ti­fied from last sea­son that we need to im­prove on.”

The gains made in the back­line have helped off­set the loss of for­ward An­drew Cameron, who de­parted for Great West­ern in the Minin­era league be­fore the start of the year.

But the Bag­gies’ for­ward line is far from bereft, with for­mer coach Ben Martin spear­head­ing the at­tack.

Martin has slot­ted 33 from his 12 games this sea­son, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple bags of five and six.

Along­side Martin is the tal­ented Zach Salmi, also 33 goals, while hard-run­ning mid­field­ers such as Carey and Ryan Folkes have also pushed for­ward to hit the score­board.

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