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NEAFL: Business as usual

NEAFL Coaches Wrap: Round 20 Paul Henriksen wraps up the NEAFL round 20 win against the Giants.

The NEAFL team have already clinched the minor premiership for 2019 but they have a big task on their hands when they take on the third-placed Sydney Swans. If they defeat them on Saturday morning, they will become the first team in the NEAFL competition’s history to remain undefeated for the entire regular season. The Lions are ahead of the next closest team, Southport Sharks, by five wins.

However, Development Coach Paul Henriksen told lions.com.au that it will be business as usual for the NEAFL team this weekend and they will not be distracted by the potential of creating records.

“You want to get a good run going into your finals,” he said.

“We want to finish the year off strongly and make sure we’ve got time to readdress the areas we need to get better and reward the things we are doing well.”

As they have said all year, the NEAFL team will be aiming to improve on some areas this match. In last round’s match against GWS, the GIANTS stifled their attack and kept them goalless in the third quarter, which is something Henriksen and the coaching group do not want to happen again this weekend.

“We know we’ve got areas that we’ve got to get better on,” he said.

“We’ll just be taking that process that we’ve been working on throughout the year, setting some targets that we need to get to and if that’s good enough to beat the Swans, so be it,” he said.

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