Swifts aiming to turn form around with Goodna win

AS THE days start to lengthen Swifts hope to have left their mid-winter slump behind them.

The Bluebirds host Goodna at Llewellyn Motors Field on Sunday with second place on the Ipswich Rugby League A-grade ladder on the line.

The Eagles have rediscovered their form while Swifts come off successive defeats.

"I'm hoping this is our equivalent of a slump and we push on again," Swifts coach Lee Addison said.

"I'm not disappointed if we don't because the club is still in transition.

"I think a lot of people forgot that after we won four of our first five."

The Bluebirds are without the services of centre Cuddles Pritchard, who has returned to New Zealand, and injured forward John Maila, who is out for a few more weeks.

But Addison welcomes the Eagles without fear, following what he described as the best week's training by his players this year.

"I'm not scared of any team in the competition," he said. "I think we can beat any side on any given day.

"But whether we can do it week-in, week-out is still in question.

"That's my challenge to the team."

The coach is confident his team has addressed the issues that have cost it in the past two losses, to Brothers and Norths.

"I felt we've taken a few steps forward and one step back," Addison said.

"There's no major panic. I'm very proud of the way we played against Brothers.

"We had one major technical weakness and the mental hurdle, which cost us."

That technical flaw was in defence, though Addison did not wish to reveal any more.

Against Goodna, with their size and pace and the vision and experience of Alby Talipeau, David Solomona and Sione Faumuina, any similar weaknesses will be exposed.

"They're big and strong," Addison said of the Eagles.

"I think we're a bit more mobile and I'm hoping it's not the size of the dog, but the fight in the dog and the speed of the dog that matters.

"Goodna are similar to us in that no one particularly wants to play them but they've lacked consistency."

In Sunday's other A grade game, Fassifern welcomes West End to Hayes Oval, Harrisville.

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