ROUND 1 PORTAL

APRIL 6, 2019

TWEED TIGERS VS LISMORE SWANS

ROUND MOUNTAIN FIELD, POTTSVILLE

IMPORTANT- VENUE CHANGE

Tweed have advised game is now at Round Mountain Field. Directions are here-

PREVIEW

Updated 4 April, 2019

Below are the previews for all three grades for the round 1 game against the Tweed Tigers at Round Mountain Field, Pottsville. At the end of all three games, a post round summary will be posted with pictures right here.

This will be a very interesting test for the Men's Reserves, as they come off the back of 2018 season that built momentum and belief as the year went on. Squad numbers looked great in 2018 and kept growing, really allowing players to push for senior selection. The squad went on to win five games in 2018, and ended the year losing the Elimination final to Tweed Tigers after leading most of the game.

With Will Alexander announcing that he will return as reserves coach for another year and taking on a Gold Coast Suns Academy role, the Reserves will have a great development coach to assist them in 2019. Many 2018 players have not yet committed due to summer sporting commitments, and will hopefully return to the squad mid to late March.

 

Early indications are that the Reserves will field a side consistently in 2019, with many who have committed to pre-season training under the guidance of senior coach Joey Mitchell,  but more recruits and players are needed to jump onboard ASAP to hit the training track, and start Round 1 with some confidence. 

Travelling to Pottsville is always difficult, but if the Reserves enter round 1 with some training and confidence, they could start the year by getting the 4 points.

Why not start 2019 Round 1 by having a Grand Final rematch from 2018 on Tweed's home turf? The Swans Women are not scared of a challenge, and will look forward to travelling north up the Pacific Hwy to begin their 2019 campaign. 

The last time they met, the Swans displayed the best quality of local women's footy seen in the Northern Rivers since the women's league began in 2017. The team worked well together and crushed Tweed piling on 7 goals straight at one stage to secure a famous Swannie Back to Back Premiership.

New Swans Coach Laura Cahill takes over from Carl Merrison who has stepped away to pursue Gold Coast Suns Academy work, and Cahill is prepared to meet the challenge. Having been the Captain in the two premiership winning seasons, Cahill can draw off her natural on-field leadership to assist her, plus use the other coaches around her, such as her own partner Joey Mitchell who is the Swans Men's senior coach.

 

Last week Maggie Riley was appointed Women's Captain, with Tamara Hamshaw and Laura Harradine as co vice captains plus Stella Allen and Georgina Morris as our junior leaders. 

 

The Swans come in to 2019 once again as the 'hunted' and the team the rest will attempt to drag down as the year goes on. The Swans will have a huge challenge on their hands, but have proven they can step up when required. With lots of new faces joining for 2019, rest assure the Lismore Swans women's squad will enjoy playing for each other and challenging themselves better than ever.

Bring on Round 1, the Tigers await.

Through the summer heat the Men's squad have been very active in training hard in fitness and skills, and the turn out has been very positive.  

Not having come away with a win in 2018 has given the squad immense focus and determination to build on the lessons learnt and turn that in to a win. The squad wasn't far off in 2018 coming close on a number of occasions, which was all down to the entire team working as one, and that attribute will work in their favour for 2019 with some additional players to help strengthen the 22. 

Coach Joey Mitchell will be looking to his leaders in their round 1 clash against Tweed Tigers to hold the squad together in all parts of the ground. Captain Shaun King has been working hard in not only preparing himself, but others around him.

Tweed enjoy pushing the football from their defensive end with run & carry and also kicking long to their taller options, and just simply keeping the football in their forward 50. 

The Swans will need to apply much more greater forward defensive pressure to make it more difficult for Tweed to move the footy at the Seabreeze venue and not allow them the luxury of easy forward 50 entries. 

The road to Pottsville is never easy, but if all 22 Swans can engineer the terms of the game and put scoreboard pressure on, the road back to Lismore just might be a happy one. 

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