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Swans mentor seeks more improvement

MASTER: Swans coach Mark Wallin.
MASTER: Swans coach Mark Wallin. Contributed

AUSSIE RULES: The high-flying and undefeated reigning premiers Yeppoon Swans fly into Gladstone to take on Gladstone Mudcrabs today from 2.15pm at Clinton Oval.

The Swans are coming off a massive 270-point mauling of Rockhampton Brothers Kangaroos last weekend.

Muddies were at least competitive against Glenmore Bulls and even had the chance to snatch their first win, but for reigning AFL Capricornia medallist Tim Higgins' pair of match-icing final-quarter goals which kept Muddies winless.

Swans ran rampant and had some massive goal-kickers with Tasmanian Eli Wells booting 15.10 and Alex Chapman slotting home 12.

Yeppoon Swans coach Mark Wallin said the side is similar to the one that played last week and the scary thing is that his team will get better.

"We still have five players missing who have not played this year including my son Matty Wallin who should be back next week,” Wallin said.

The Mark Jensen-coached Gladstone Mudcrabs have had a number of personnel changes from last year's grand final side, but Wallin remains aware of the Muddies ability especially on their home deck.

"The Muddies are a good side and their top five or six are as good as any,” Wallin said.

Steve Eilola has been in sensational form and has kicked 16 goals in the first three games of the season for the Muddies.

"He's a dangerous player and we have a really good back-line with Michael Gallagher and Grant Van Rooyen leading the way,” Wallin said of the options to play on Eilola.

So is there any signs of complacency?

Not in the slightest, Wallin said.

"We set goals every week for our team and all of these key performance indicators that we set our selves have been met,” Wallin explained.

"That's the first thing the players look at.”

Ever the perfectionist, Wallin said his team starts the season 'slowly' before getting into gear as the year rolls on toward the pointy end.

Wallin said Wells came to the club as a ruckman, but he soon found his niche as a key forward.

"He's a young fella and has massive hands and we call him 'Buckets',” Wallin said.

"I reckon he took about 25 contested marks and could have kicked 25 last week.

"There were defenders hanging off him, but he still grabbed everything that came his way.”

BITS Saints are in Rockhampton today and will be aiming to string together a second consecutive win against Glenmore Bulls.

The Saints have their confidence restored after a 105-point win last week against Rockhampton Panthers while the Bulls are coming off a 20-point win against Gladstone Mudcrabs.

Topics:  afl2017 afl capricornia bits saints football club gladstone mudcrabs glenmore bulls yeppoon swans



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