A year of development comes to an end
THE curtain is about to close on a season of knocks, lessons and growth for the Dalby Swans.
Following the drought breaking premiership of 2017, this year saw nearly a whole new team take to the field for the club, and coach Ben Banks couldn't be prouder of the way his team handled it.
"I'll remember 2018 for all of the young players starting to stand up,” Banks said.
"There are so many new, young faces for the club.
"If we can keep them together then they'll be a very good team in a few years.
"They've got the drive now it's just about developing their skills and getting their body size up.”
Banks noted there were a few key areas of growth this year which stood out from above the rest.
"Confidence is a big one, and mateship,” he said.
"You've got to be mates with the guys you play with and be able to gel.
"Also belief they can do it. It's something we're still working on because it can be hard taking on men every week, but they're getting there.”
Banks was shining in his praise of the way a couple of the remaining older players had handled the changing of the guard this year.
"Hopey (Swans co-captain Kyle Hope) as a leader and a mentor across the club has been outstanding.
"He has come a long way in 12 months and has been an excellent captain.
"Joe McVeigh, he's improved this year as a player and has more control.
"He's still young himself but has been a real leader for us and looks after the young boys on the field.”
To finish their campaign, the Swans are tasked with tackling the top-of-the-table premiership favourites, the USQ Cougars tomorrow.
"It's the hardest of the hard and we're going to be short on numbers this week,” Banks said.
"We'll probably have the bare minimum but whoever shows up will give it their all like they always do.”
The game begins at 2.30pm at USQ Oval, Toowoomba. AFL Darling Downs finals commence the following week.