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South stays focussed

South Barwon must keep winning to stay in touch with the top five. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SOUTH Barwon coach Dave Farrell isn’t placing more importance on one game over another as the Swans battle for a spot inside the top five.

Sitting four points behind fifth-placed St Joseph’s heading into Saturday’s match-up with Grovedale, that gap could become two games with rounds remaining if South can’t overcome the Tigers for the second time this year.

“Each one’s critically important for us,” Farrell said.

“There’s a lot of discussion around what the draw looks like for us going forward. We’re just trying to push out that external noise.

“For us, we’ve got to concentrate week to week. We’ve got to get this one done.

“We get a chance to reset through the bye, and then the conclusion to the season will come quite quickly.

“We need to continue winning.”

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Farrell admits it’s hard to get a read on Grovedale, which, at 5-6, has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the competition in 2022.

“I’d hate to be sitting in the media trying to predict results at the moment,” he said.

“If you’re trying to track a form line; Leopold beat St Mary’s; Grovedale beating Leopold and then dropping games they shouldn’t have; Geelong West beating Colac after being thumped by St Joseph’s.

“I think most coaches would be frustrated by the lack of consistency.

“The first one that can unlock that is going to set themselves apart from the rest at the moment.

“I don’t think any coach would be comfortable with the consistency their group’s delivering at the moment.”

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Forward Ollie Lee will again be sidelined after missing last week’s win over Geelong West with a side strain.

Farrell hopes he will return to provide a foil for Andrew Boseley after the bye.

The Swans should also get back Jackson Carrick and Josh O’Dwyer for the clash with Lara, while Jay Lever, Ben Simpson and Harry Cunningham will also come under consideration.

However, Ryan Dillon and Daniel Semmens will be sidelined for longer.

Luckless defender Will Sexton played consecutive reserves matches but won’t play this week after suffering inflammation in his knee.

“He’ll hopefully come back firing for the last block of games,” Farrell said.

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