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Malceski back for Swans

By Adrian Warren 22/05/2009 07:23:23 PM Comments (0)

Half back Nick Malceski has earned a quick AFL recall to a Sydney side coach Paul Roos is hoping will finally develop some consistency.

Malceski's inclusion at the expense of rookie Brett Meredith was the only change to the Swans side for Sunday's home game against Port Adelaide at the SCG.

A 34-possession four-goal game for the reserves last weekend was sufficient to earn Malceski promotion after just one game in the twos.

"His confidence is up and he's obviously an important player for us," Roos said of Malceski.

Key defender Lewis Roberts-Thomson was named in the side after battling a buttock problem through the week.

Sydney will strive to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season, after winning their four home games and losing as many away fixtures.

Roos derived some encouragement from Sydney's performance in last week's home victory over West Coast.

"We've played some really good footy, it's just trying to build on the momentum we got last week," Roos said.

"I thought we played almost our best game for the year over a four quarter period.

"Hopefully we can take that into the game on the weekend and just find a level of consistency, but there's probably as many as 14 teams all looking for that and we are certainly one of them."

Roos stressed Sydney wouldn't be focusing specifically on trying to nullify the threat posed by rejuvenated Port stalwart Warren Tredrea, who torched the Tigers for seven goals last week.

"Tredders is in fantastic form, but you've got a lot of players who complement him down there with (Brett) Ebert and (Daniel) Motlop, (Robbie) Gray and they may bring in (Matthew) Westhoff as another tall down there.

"It's probably a case of trying to get our match-ups as right as we can and not focus too heavily on one player."

Roos joked he was having trouble finding candidates to mark Motlop after television footage this week showing the mercurial Port forward kicking goals from all angles.

"I put a call into Port just to verify that it's not just scare tactics and they are just trying to put that vision together to terrify our defenders," Roos said.

"If they did, it worked I can assure you."

Roos praised the durability of his ruckman Darren Jolly, who will play his 100th straight game.

He said the Swans ruck brigade and midfielders faced a massive challenge as the stoppages were important to a Port team featuring the celebrated ruck duo of Brendon Lade and Dean Brogan.

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