'Too much rest' a disaster recipe for Swifts
SWIFTS returned from a week's rest to face a tough task against the Eastern Cobras at home.
With the game moved to Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve, the Bluebirds took on a Cobras side buoyed by the support of their home fans.
Down 4-0 with only minutes to go in the first half, Swifts finally hit the lead with two quick tries just before halftime.
Playing in the centres against his former club, Dylan Caneris stood up for the Bluebirds, making his A Grade debut as Swifts held on to a 24-16 win.
"The Cobras were really good defensively,” Swifts coach Steven O'Connell said.
"You look at the scores each week and even when they lose they've always been in the game.
"We were down for the whole first half but managed to get a couple just before halftime. They came back at us but we scored one more to put it away.”
Last week's bye came as a double edged sward for the Bluebirds.
Flooding, blown field lights and the Easter break have derailed Swifts' training routine this season.
"I think we were too rested,” O'Connell laughed.
"It's been about four weeks since we've been able to train properly.
"We had a few more injuries on Saturday so hopefully we can get a few of our senior guys back from last year who are yet to play.”
Yesterday, Fassifern ran away with an early lead to defeat West End 50-22 at Daniel's Park.
Goodna Eagles 25 def Norths Tigers 24 at Keith Sternberg Oval.
Fassifern Bombers 50 def West End Bulldogs 22 at Daniel's Park.
Swifts Bluebirds 24 def Eastern Cobras 16 at Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve.