The Swans are ready to launch themselves into the new season.
The Swans are ready to launch themselves into the new season. Will Hunter

Swannies ready to fly as season kicks off

AUSSIE RULES: The Dalby Swans get their season under way tomorrow afternoon after what has been a roller-coaster off-season.

The players only found out a month ago they would be competing in the newly created Division 2 of AFL Darling Downs, and captain Steven Tapp said they had to move on from that disappointment.

"It's definitely about making a statement, getting put down to Division 2 was

a kick in the guts,” Tapp said.

"But what's happened is in the past, now we just have to focus on this year and showing them that it shouldn't have been us to go down.”

The team takes on Highfields Lions at home, with the skipper hopeful of a good first-up showing.

"It's round one so we just have to focus on sticking to our game plan.

"If we get the win on top of that it's a bonus.

"We just need to make sure all the boys understand their roles and they fulfil them.

"It's a really good bunch of young guys this year so now it's about building that culture and getting bums on seats.”

Last year the Swans were big winners over the Lions, but Tapp said that counted for nothing this time around.

"It will depend on what has happened over the off-season for them,” he said.

"A lot can change in those months as we've found out with the drop down.”

The match starts at 3.45pm tomorrow.


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