Match Preview: Uni take on Swan in Night Series opener

UWA return to competitive action in 2018 with the late fixture in Round 2 of the Night Series against Division Two side Swan.

The squad has been working tirelessly since the first week of January and cannot wait to get to work in the pre-season tournament after having a bye in the opening round.

Coach Michael Janssen insists he and the entire team are excited for the challenge on Friday night.

"We are really looking forward to the competition because the Night Series has a special atmosphere and it's not often we get to play under lights."

"We'll be using it to find the best possible set up and combination for the regular season."

With the entire squad from last season recommitting for season 2018, Janssen has been pleased with what he's overseen over the last couple months of training.

"The squad is looking great and really focused heading into our game against Swan. Unfortunately, we picked up some injuries, but the depth we've gained will help us to compensate that."

Swan provides an opportunity for the young uni side to show their progress, but will not be taking them, or the series lightly by any means.

"We need to enjoy it and start the series strong, regardless of our opponent. We will not be underestimating Swan and we'll be up for the contest from the first whistle."

"As always, we'll be going into this game and all the other matches with the intent to win. We will start the series aiming for the best possible performance and see how it goes from there. The main target is to get more information about the best formation for us," the head coach added.

Tonight's game will also see some new faces don the UWA badge, with former Balcatta attacker Ben Meredith, Liam Kessel and Mark Trev all looking to impress ahead of the State League season.