Bluebirds confident of title bid in 2014
THE game is up and finally Swifts coach Lee Addison is willing to admit it.
After a season spent painting his team as underdogs, he can admit how far they have come.
That is despite the Bluebirds' season ending when they went down in yesterday's preliminary final to Goodna.
"Really well done to Goodna," Addison said.
"What they did was pretty phenomenal."
Yesterday was one of the few occasions this year Swifts didn't exceed the coach's expectations.
They had a simple game plan designed to wear the weary Eagles down.
But they were let down by indiscipline, which Addison put down to the occasion.
"We haven't played that many close games," Addison said.
"In the past two weeks, Goodna have played sudden-death games and had last-minute wins.
"I think we were just nervous.
"It was our game to lose.
"So deep in their subconscious I think the players knew if they'd lost, they've blown it.
"It's a funny kind of pressure.
"We played within our shell a bit."
Despite his disappointment, Addison was positive after the game, conscious of how far the team has come in a short space of time.
"I'm upset now but when I look back, it's been a monumental turnaround," he said.
"We were only a few hairs' widths away from being in the grand final.
"If we had, I reckon we would have given Brothers a run for their money. So I'm immensely proud."
Proud, but also determined and optimistic about what he can achieve next season.
"It gives me confidence," he said.
"It's one thing saying 'this is what we need to be doing to win game'.
"Now they've seen the physical embodiment of that."