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Swans miss Tiger test

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SOUTH Barwon coach Dave Farrell has admitted to some disappointment at last Saturday’s John Nankervis Shield meeting against Grovedale becoming a victim of Victoria’s seven-day COVID lockdown.

Farrell was keen for the Swans to test themselves against the Tigers, who have been the talking point of the GFL through the first six rounds.

“I was really looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve watched a lot of their vision and certainly heard a lot of hype in regards to where their improvement’s been.

“It’s exciting; it’s why we enjoy being involved in such a strong competition, to be challenged weekly.

“The sun was out, and the deck was looking magnificent at McDonald Reserve on Thursday night.

“It would have been a great test for our guys.”

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South Barwon is due to meet Grovedale in Round 16.

However, Farrell now concerns himself with the Swans run to the bye, which presents winnable games against Bell Park, Geelong West, Leopold and St Albans.

Despite three of those matches being against clubs below them on the ladder, Farrell is well aware none of their June opponents will be handing over the four points.

“For us, we certainly aren’t looking too far past Bell Park,” he said.

“But, we do identify the fact that if we can get through to the bye and be top four, we certainly set ourselves up for an exciting finish to the year.”

Question marks surround whether this weekend’s local football will go ahead due to the COVID-enforced lockdown in Victoria.

Farrell says the Swans will be ready to go if restrictions are lifted.

“I’m guided by the players,” he said. “And I reckon if we couldn’t train for four weeks and were advised the night before (we could play), the boys would be keen to run out.

“They love being around each other and playing, and I don’t think any team’s got an advantage by this break.

“For us, it’s about the players and not about the coaches and how well prepared we can be or how much time we can spend with the players.

“It’s about them getting out and enjoying what they enjoy doing.”

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