SHARING THE LOAD: Maroochydore’s Taylor Walkinshaw gets the jump on his Buderim opponent.
SHARING THE LOAD: Maroochydore’s Taylor Walkinshaw gets the jump on his Buderim opponent. John Mccutcheon

Yellow cards cost Swans

FOOTBALL: Maroochydore coach Garrad Zammit is confident the loss of gun players Michael and Anthony Scarff will not derail his side's quest for a top-two finish in the final round of the season.

The fourth-placed Swans face perennial battler Nambour Yandina United tomorrow night without the duo, who have both copped a one-week suspension for yellow card offences.

In spite of Michael's proven value as the team's second highest goalscorer, Zammit said his side could fill the void.

"I'll just drop two different players into that spot and hopefully we don't lose too much," he said.

"They are a loss, but we have got other guys and are a team that are quite versatile.

"We don't have standout players ... we share the load and the responsibility."

Providing Maroochydore wins and Caloundra beats Woombye, the Swans will earn a lifeline to avoid being knocked out should they lose in the first week of the finals.

"All of the importance is the top three so you are not in fourth or fifth and playing that knockout round," Zammit said.

"Caloundra are capable of getting that win against Woombye."

Second last on the ladder, NYU has struggled this season but shown some decent form, including their 11th round draw with giant killer Caloundra.

"They are strugglers but it just depends if they turn up on the day and give us a solid game," Zammit said. "We can't go in overconfident thinking that it's an easy game."

Noosa coach Phil Amson has previously told the Daily he thinks Maroochydore - last year's premiership and grand final winner - is flying under the radar.

Zammit agrees.

"We are flying under the radar and we have been there before and have got the big game experience," he said.

"But by looking at the table, it is easy to see that every team in the top five is a big chance of winning the grand final."

LADDER: Kawana, Woombye, Noosa, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Caboolture, Buderim, Coolum, NYU, Beegees.



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