"Every week has been about continual improvement," assistant coach Tanya Hetherington said.

Speaking to Sydney Swans Media she provided insight into the team's preparation ahead of Round 8 against the Western Bulldogs. The assistant coach touched on last week's performance and what needs to be improved heading into the final games of the season.

The Swans started strong in their clash against Hawthorn. What impressed you about the opening quarter?

We did manage to get off to a flying start, which is something that we have struggled with in the early part of the season. The girls' early pressure and ability to move the ball effectively was what impressed us. Unfortunately we didn’t see too much of that again for the remainder of the game.


What were the key learnings from Saturday?

After a bright start, we let the Hawks get the game on their terms and we weren’t able to wrestle back that momentum. As Scott had said, if you pick and choose when to bring effort and intensity you will get found out against any team. That was the biggest learning from the game.

We’re hitting the pointy end of the season. What are you focussing on for the next three games?

Every week has been about continual improvement. Aside from last weekend, we have been on that trajectory, so the next three rounds is no different. We expect an improved output this weekend and the aim is to continually get better across the remainder of the season.

A spot in final eight is still possible. Has this been discussed among the squad?

I think the sport shows that if you look too far ahead you get found out! If we play the brand we know we are capable of, we will get results. Whether that ends in a top eight finish is out of our control.

It’s the first time the Swans will play the Western Bulldogs. What have you made of their season so far?

The Bulldogs have had a tough season on the injury front, however they have shown that their best can stack up against anyone, so we will prepare for that and look forward to the opportunity in front of us.