Tamworth Swans look to lift intensity against Inverell

TAMWORTH Swans president Josh McKenzie believes that “only an act of god can stop the Nomads” in this year’s Tamworth AFL competition.

The Swans, still looking for their first win, are on the road to Inverell tomorrow to play the second-placed Saints.

McKenzie is under no illusion about the chances of a Swans upset, although a forecast rainy and cold day could help them out.

“We really need to get some confidence in ourselves and with each other,” McKenzie said.

“We win enough ball but we just struggle to consistently penetrate and score points.”

The Swans fell seven points short of beating Gunnedah last round in the clash of the cellar-dwellers.

“It was probably a fair result in the end,” McKenzie said.

“We are strong in the contest and get good ball but just can’t convert it into points.”

“This week we need more intensity and more pressure on the ball.”

The last time they met the Saints they put up a good battle in the first quarter before collapsing to a 42-point loss.

Saints captain Nick Baird is hoping to use the game to gain some momentum, with the premiers in their cross-hairs.

“We play these guys (Swans), and then Gunnedah and then the Nomads,” Baird said.

“We want to try some new things and be at the top of our game when we play the Nomads.”

The Saints do have consistency on their side.

They  have made an appearance in the last seven grand finals, although have only won two since joining the comp in 2005. 

Baird said that they do focus their season on beating the Nomads because they are the best side.

The Nomads will host the Narrabri Eagles at Bellevue Oval.

A round one 87-point thrashing will still be fresh in the minds at Narrabri as they try to contain the premiers tomorrow.

The other game will see the Tamworth Roos on the road to Gunnedah.

The Roos could be the only team in the comp with the speed in the midfield and flank to match the Nomads, and they are improving as the season goes.

Gunnedah took its first win last round when it  beat the Swans at No 1 Oval, and is looking to carry that momentum into the clash.

Their first-round clash saw the Roos dominate to win 111-44.

All games will kick off at 2pm.


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