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Areas to work on for Swans

Jack Driver celebrates a goal with Reece Woods in South Barwon’s 38-point win over St Albans. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

SOUTH Barwon coach Dave Farrell says there is plenty for his team to work on after being tested for much of its 38-point win over St Albans at McDonald Reserve.

The Swans led by just nine points 14 minutes into the final quarter before kicking four late goals to put the contest to bed.

Farrell says his message to his players at the three-quarter time break remained consistent with his theme for the day.

“All day it was just about execution – both in the contest and with the footy in the hands,” he said.

“We gave away a lot of sloppy free kicks, and that’s probably from them going in harder and lower at times, so we need to improve there.

“We just asked them to stick to the plan, which was on the back of a really big pre-season.

“We didn’t think after three quarters of average footy we needed to change too much.”

Former Gold Coast Sun Louis Herbert impressed across all four quarters for the Swans.

“I thought ‘Herbie’ was outstanding,” Farrell said.

“He played a number of different roles for us today, and on the back of a massive pre-season from him, it looks like he’s in for a good year.”

Ex-St Kilda midfielder Josh Saunders was prominent in his first game for South Barwon, while Andrew Boseley kicked four goals, including consecutive majors late in the third quarter which returned the momentum to the home team.

Farrell is hoping to welcome back some key players in coming weeks.

Ben Lusby (knee), Ollie Lee (knee) and James Syddall (wrist) are among those close to a return.

However, Koroit recruit Taylor Mulraney may not be seen until after the interleague break in mid-May due to a foot problem.

“They’re (doctors) are waiting to see because there are so many small bones in there,” he said.

“You can’t really see what it is, but it’s certainly not right, so he’s in a moonboot at the moment.”

The Swans travel to Burdoo Reserve for a meeting with Grovedale in Round 2.

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