21/04/2024
How will Sydney get its momentum back before finals?

It wasn't the result John Longmire wanted on Saturday night, but there's still opportunity to return to form before finals. Picture @sydneyswans on Twitter.

How will Sydney get its momentum back? Coach John Longmire says it will look to fix its slow starts ahead of its last two games before finals.

How will Sydney get its momentum back? Coach John Longmire says it will look to fix its slow starts ahead of its last two games before finals.

The Swans fell behind early for the fourth week in a row, and unlike the previous three games, they were unable to reverse the deficit.

Longmire said the slow starts are just one of the things they will be looking to fix against North Melbourne this weekend.

“It’s probably making sure we start better obviously, but it’s also the pressure on the opposition, our effective tackles, for a majority of the year we were the number one pressure team in the competition,” he said.

“We need to make sure we keep that as part of our foundation and don’t let it drop. When that’s the foundation of our game, everything tends to come off the back of that. We just need to make sure we do that a little bit more consistently than we did last week.”

North Melbourne may currently sit on the bottom of the ladder with four wins and a draw, but its form in the second half of the season has been particularly strong.

The Roos are in with a chance and fighting hard to avoid the wooden spoon in the final two weeks, meaning Sydney will have a challenge on its hands at Marvel Stadium.

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“They’ve been fantastic- over the second half of the year, they’ve been super competitive. They’re playing a strong hard brand of footy; they’ve been in every game, and they’ve been one of the most consistent teams over the back half of the year,” Longmire said.

“We expect a really tough contest against them, they’ve got a lot of senior players available now, they’re playing good footy, they’ve got confidence in each other, so it’ll be a really tough battle.”

In welcome news for Sydney, young duo Chad Warner and Braeden Campbell have both now played at least one full game at a lower level as they work towards a potential return to the senior team.

“Braeden’s played about three and a half games now, at the next level down so- whilst they’re not official VFL games, he’s been able to play scramble games, and play four 25’s or four 30’s at the next level down. So, he’s coming back into copulations in terms of getting himself right,” Longmire said.

“Chad’s played one and a half games, [he] was really good on the weekend so he’s coming back into calculations as well.

“It’s really important with the two young players that we start to get them ready for senior football, wherever they play this week or next week or what happens from there, we’re not sure yet, but they are certainly coming back into that frame now.”

Sydney takes on North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium this weekend.

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