The Sydney Swans reserves players had a solid hit out against GWS at South Pine in Brisbane yesterday.
The match scrimmage session was 15v15 and the boys fought it out over 3x20 minute periods.
Development Coach Jeremy Laidler was pleased with the efforts and attitude of his side.
“I thought it was a really good hit out, we had to borrow a couple of their players (which was outstanding by them), and I thought we cracked in for the whole 60 minutes which was really good,” Laidler said.
Laidler said he challenged his side during the week after playing ‘in their shells’ against the Hawks a fortnight ago.
“Just having that young group come out of their shells and work together was important, a few boys stepped up today which was very pleasing.”
Preparation looked a little different for the side with the whole Sydney Swans list leaving Sydney on Thursday and moving to a Brisbane hub for the week and then playing the next day.
“It was a very different preparation but I said to the boys before the game we had to create our own energy,” Laidler said.
“They have been really good and their attitude has been outstanding It’s all about getting them ready if they get called up to play seniors and hopefully push their way in.”
Laidler also spoke about some players based on questions sent through via @sydneyswans Twitter.
He was really good, he played against some really big ruckmen in Briggs and Flynn and competed really well. It was another step back from his injury and hopefully he can put a couple of games together now.
He’s been holding a shoulder niggle for a few weeks now but been playing through it which is good. We have given challenges to Harry since he’s been playing, he played the majority of the game up forward and looked lively and finished with a goal or two which was pleasing and used a bit of pace. We will see what his shoulder is like and fingers crossed it’s better than first thought.
He’s been playing predominantly forward and as a pinch hitter in the middle. We have been working on his pressure and that’s what will get him a game. As much as he can hurry up the opposition and his second, third efforts and getting his tackles up, that’s what we have been working on and the rest will come. It’s more about his defensive efforts.
He got a really good sniff of what senior football is like. He has grown up being an inside mid and going into the seniors he played a bit more forward which most young guys do. He has been able to adapt and his attitude has been really good, he wants to learn and he wants challenges each week. He’s going really well, he will get another look at it (senior selection).
Gouldy has been playing really well, he has had to adapt to playing on talls and smalls so just coming up against players like Bobby Hill and then you’re playing against a tall forward in Sproule or Flynn so it’s just about getting that balance on how you are going to stop different individuals when you are playing down back. He’s working on his craft really well so another step forward for Will.