YOUNG SIDE: Maroochydore captain Michael Scarff says three straight titles is possible.
YOUNG SIDE: Maroochydore captain Michael Scarff says three straight titles is possible. Brett Wortman

Will be a real tough challenge

TALKING about premierships before the first round of the season may be tempting fate but that hasn't stopped Maroochydore captain Michael Scarff from suggesting his team can claim an historic "three-peat".

The Swans won both the McDonalds Premier League premiership (regular season) and championship (grand final) last year after claiming the championship in 2012.

Victory in this year's grand final would make it the first team to match Beegees' ground-breaking effort in 1977-79.

And with the nucleus of last year's side set to run out in tomorrow night's season opener against Kawana, Scarff reckons his team has what it takes to pull it off.

"I think we can do it because we have still got a pretty young squad and we have all been playing together for the last four or five years," he said.

"A couple of us have spoken about it in the pre-season.

"But we know every team will be coming out looking to beat us so it's going to be tough."

Scarff returned to the Swans in last year's 4-1 grand final defeat of Woombye after a stint with the Sunshine Coast Fire in the National Premier League.

The 26-year-old played seven mid-season games for the Fire after a stunning start to the local league last season. He had similar stints with the Coast representative side in 2011 and 2012 .

Despite having the ability to compete in the state league, Scarff is adamant he will not return to the Fire this year.

"I haven't heard from Kevin (Fire coach Kevin A'Herne-Evans) and to be honest, I don't think I would go back anyway," he said.

"The Fire was good and they are a great bunch of blokes but I am enjoying myself at Maroochydore and I want to play with my brothers (Nick and Anthony) for a whole year. I am also studying (Diploma of Drafting) and have full-time work commitments."

Swans coach Garrad Zammit was more concerned with the present than with any future finals, saying his side would be looking to avoid a repeat of last year's corresponding game when they lost 7-0.

"We have been training well and playing well in the Johnny Warren Cup, (but) Kawana are a good side and we will have to be on our game," he said.

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