TAKING FLIGHT: Eastern Swans' Luke Ball leaps to take an overhead mark in the preliminary final against Mackay Magpies.
TAKING FLIGHT: Eastern Swans' Luke Ball leaps to take an overhead mark in the preliminary final against Mackay Magpies. Aidan Cureton

Downes: 'If I were Saints I would be a little worried'

EASTERN Swans are through to their second grand final appearance after they dismantled Mackay Magpies 14.8-92 to 7.13-55 on Saturday.

The battle of the birds was neck and neck up to half time with Magpies trailing by only seven points.

Swans found their flair in the second half and marched to a 37-point win.

Magpies coach Gary Downes was confident the Swans would give North Mackay Saints a run for their money in the grand final.

"Dylan McCutcheon was really good for them and Swans will have a couple back before next week,” he said. "If I were Saints I would be a little worried because they've had it their way all year.”

Swans coach Graham Adams said it was not a pretty win, but still one to make his men proud. "It was probably an ugly game and we won ugly,” he said.

Swans had a slow start to the match, which Adams said would need to be addressed before the big dance.

"We were probably a bit stand-offish early and I don't think we picked up our players,” he said.

Come the second half, the Swans brought a new confidence to their game.

"I think our endeavour at the footy improved a heap and we were more ferocious,” Adams said. "What's more is we didn't get an injury out of it.

"We want everyone available, that way selection is hard on us which is a good problem”

Downes said accuracy was what hurt his men most when they were still in with a chance.

"We probably had our best opportunity in the first quarter. We got the ball inside their 50 twice as much as they did,” he said.

"We outscored them and we scored five points. If those five could have been five goals it could have been a different game of footy.”



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