Swans midfielder Tom Mitchell couldn’t fault his teammates’ effort during the heat of last weekend's qualifying final loss to Fremantle and believes more of the same should do the job in Saturday night’s semi-final.
Mitchell, who was one of the Swans’ best in the 10-point loss at Domain Stadium, was “proud of how the boys went about it” particularly in the third quarter when the visitors mounted a comeback after going into the main break 17 points down.
The only Achilles heel in the undermanned Swans’ performance was field kicking and conversion, of which the 22-year-old is confident can be rectified ahead of a do-or-die final against North Melbourne.
“We were pretty happy with our effort, couldn’t have asked for any more from the boys. The intensity was there and pressure was really good,” Mitchell said.
“When the pressure was building, particularly in that third quarter, we were able to stick our tackles. I think we finished with (83) tackles which is a really good effort against a quality side like Fremantle.
“Basically our field kicking and conversion wasn’t up to scratch. We missed a few easy shots at goal which hurt us.
“If we can tidy up those technical parts of our game and bring that effort again we should be a good chance of beating any team really.”
Mitchell (29 disposals) starred in his first match against the Dockers while Josh Kennedy (39) and Dan Hannebery (34) were also good. In the absence of fellow midfielders Luke Parker and Kieren Jack, the trio led the way to finished with 12 clearances and 18 tackles between them.
Jarrad McVeigh was also stout applying 11 tackles alone, a game-high and the co-captain’s third highest tackle count of his 265-match career.
The Swans take on North Melbourne at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with Nick Smith's expected return softening Sam Reid's omission with an injured hamstring.