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Swans fail the football test

Avenel well beaten by Merrigum - and coach holds extra session to tell players a few home truths.

CHALPAT SONTI July 3, 2014 3:46am

Chris Whitting clears in the senior game.


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This could have been the game to ensure Avenel was taken seriously by the big boys of the KDFL — instead a 35-point loss at flag contenders Merrigum has the Swans back playing more ‘‘eight-point’’ games to try to make the finals.

It also led to a blast from coach Cameron Gillett and a soul-searching session on Sunday — the first such one for the year — as he tries to unlock the best from underperformers.

Avenel was dealt a blow before the game with key players Mick Dundon and Kasey Duncan failing to come up from injury and that — and an over-dependence on its stars with too few contributions from the others — effectively sealed the Swans’ fate.

The trademark good start was just the beginning of the return of some bad habits.

Avenel was shut down in the second quarter, being held scoreless as the bigger-bodied Bulldogs started to take control, especially around the stoppages.

If anything, the Swans were lucky not to be out of the game and down by five or six goals at half-time as the home side was wayward.

‘‘They just knocked our smaller guys off the ball and we just weren’t able to get our hands on it,’’ coach Cameron Gillett said.

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