Young guns ready to fire for Swifts
THE focus will be on young talent when Swifts take on Brothers in today's Ipswich and West Moreton first division match at Ivor Marsden No.2.
Positioned fourth on the ladder, and chasing a win to make a push for the finals, Swifts have a young roster of players looking to impress in the top grade.
At 17, school-friends Luke Muggeridge, Brendan Guest and Josh Schweitzer joined Callum Chandler, Luke O'Doherty and Connor Lacey at Swifts and have all broken into the top division in their first season at the club.
Schweitzer was rewarded for his strong performances in the lower grades when he was handed his first division debut against his former club Central Districts last week.
"I played for 10 years at Centrals so I knew all the boys and there was a bit of friendly sledging," he said.
"We ended up losing, but it was a really close game."
Schweitzer said Swifts had welcomed the group to the club.
"It's a club for people," he said.
"After school we all sat down and had a chat about the best way for us to all keep in touch and we figured the best way was through cricket.
"They have really accepted us into the club and given us the opportunity to play and to make new mates as well."
The six friends met as students at Raceview State School before moving to Saint Stephen's College.
Off-spinner Brendan Guest was thrust into first grade in his first game of the season and said the Swifts' style suited his own.
"I like to play aggressively with the ball and I've been practising more with the bat," he said.
"It's been really good to have more of a chance with the bat and play further up the order.
"Being the youngest players in the side puts a little more pressure on us but it's a great team to be part of."
Swifts president Luke Smith said the new inclusions to the club would help build the side in years to come.
"It's good to have that combination of young guys and some players with a bit more experience," he said.
"Some teams have struggled when they have a strong core group but then that group move on and they haven't developed the younger players to fill that gap.
"It's about finding the right balance and making it enjoyable for everyone so that they stick around."
Smith said Swifts would be looking to repeat their last performance against Brothers today.
"We had them on the ropes last time before rain washed out the game," he said.
"They are a very young side as well but they have probably found their way a bit more this season."