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Swans to put learning to the test

South Barwon coach Dave Farrell.
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LESSON learned from the Anzac Day loss to St Joseph’s will hold South Barwon in good stead heading into this afternoon’s clash with St Mary’s, according coach Dave Farrell.

The Swans inside the top five with a 4-1 win-loss record, with a 71-point hiding at the hands of the reigning premier on April 25 the only blemish in 2018.

“We learned a heap out of the St Joey’s game,” Farrell said.

“The way the draw’s fallen this year, it’s the only game we’ve had at home.

“We’re keen to get back there against St Mary’s this week and put in a better showing that we did on Anzac Day.”

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Farrell believes winning contested footy to limit the Saints outside run will be a key.

“A fait bit of our time goes into shutting down that outside game as well,” he said.

“They play their own ground really well, but ours is a little bit wider and a little bit bigger, so we’re certainly focused on making sure we shut them down there as well.”

The Swans recorded solid wins over North Shore and Newtown & Chilwell before the break, their best start to a season since

However, Farrell says he won’t know if the break for interleague was a help or hindrance until

“For us, particularly with where the group is at – a new coaching group and everyone getting to learn how each other works – we do feel the momentum was building, but confident that we can carry that through,” he said.

“We’ve still been training consistently and working on things we need to, so I don’t think the momentum will slow there.”

A couple of battles will be key to the contest, with GFL defender Jay Lever set to get first crack at St Mary’s spearhead and league-leading goal kicker Tom Gillies.

While big man Luke Davis, who will play game his 50th game for the Swans, will have his hands full against Saints duo Andrew Banjanin and Trent McMullan.

“’Sticks’ has been enormous for us,”  Farrell said. “I’d love to have seen him get an opportunity at interleague level, but with an interrupted season last year, he just needs to get more good games under his belt.

“He’s been really well supported by Riley Brown.”

The Swans have suffered a blow with scans confirming a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament for midfielder Ben Lusby, while the season of North Melbourne VFL listed Mitch Rodd is also over as a result of ongoing shoulder issues.

However, captain Darcy Hansen (shoulder) and Ollie Lee (virus) should return after missing the win over the Eagles.

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