REDEMPTION READY: Eastern Swans are embracing their underdog status for their second consecutive grand final.
REDEMPTION READY: Eastern Swans are embracing their underdog status for their second consecutive grand final. Aidan Cureton

Dauntless Swans as ready as they'll ever be

EASTERN Swans face the daunting grand final challenge of taking on an undefeated force this Saturday.

The closest the Swans have come to an upset against North Mackay Saints was a 30-point loss in Round 1 this season.

While they are undeniable underdogs, Swans coach Graham Adams said the Saints were undefeated, not unbeatable.

Dillon McCutcheon dives to secure possession of the ball.
Dillon McCutcheon dives to secure possession of the ball. Aidan Cureton

"We're underdogs and they rightfully deserve that favouritism. Having said that, come Saturday what we've done in the past means nothing,” he said.

The Saints possess the top goal scorer in the competition, Sam Dunbar. Swans as a whole tallied more points through the regular season.

Swans player Darcy Mealy said it would be a struggle to keep up with Saints' accuracy, but added the battle would be fought and won in the midfield.

"I think it's more about shutting them down in the midfield, not letting them get it to (Dunbar),” Mealy said.

"We've really got nothing to lose, we'll just give it to them.”

Adams said his men had brought a high intensity into training this week and were still pumped off a strong win over Magpies last week.

"Everybody is excited and looking forward to it,” he said.

Braden De Angelis kicks the ball.
Braden De Angelis kicks the ball. Aidan Cureton

"North Mackay have been the big one of the year, being undefeated, but we've had a good, consistent year too.”

This will be the Swans' second grand final appearance in as many years and Adams said it was time his men brought it home.

"If you're lucky enough to win it, you've got that group of friends for the rest of your life,” Adams said.



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