Flock of Swans remain on target
Maroochydore's aura as Sunshine Coast Football powerhouse is gone after Kawana claimed this year's regular season premiership but unyielding wing back Taylor Walkinshaw says his side is primed to restore parity during the finals series.
The Swans won last year's regular season title and the past two grand finals but slipped to finish this year's home-and-away campaign in third place.
The side's path into the playoffs has been run-of-the-mill, conceding nine goals in its past four outings, including a 2-2 draw with lowly Coolum.
But Walkinshaw believed the best was yet to come from a relatively new-look Swans outfit. He expected the side to lift significantly for the finals.
"It's been a bit of an up-and-down season but I still don't think we've really hit our straps," the 22-year-old said. "We've still got better football to play and we're looking forward to showing it off in the finals.
"I think we need to up it a gear and we're definitely capable of that."
Walkinshaw reckoned this year's flock of Swans could be as good, if not better, than the Maroochydore teams of the past few years.
"We've definitely got the skills, individually," he said.
"It's going to be tough because the team is quite a bit different from the past two years but we're still capable of going the whole way."
The Swans will clash with its grand final victim from last year, Woombye, in a qualification final at the Snake Pit tonight.
The Snakes finished second in the regular season, with uncustomary resolve in defence.
The winner will earn a confrontation with Kawana on Saturday while the loser will be pitted into an elimination final against either Noosa or Caloundra.
Those two sides, which finished the regular season in fourth and fifth place respectively, are set to collide at Giraween Sports Complex tonight.
WOOMBYE v MAROOCHYDORE
Tonight, Woombye, 8.30pm
Noosa v Caloundra (Tonight, Sunshine Beach, 8.30pm)