Chiltern co-coach Luke Brookes says the Swans lost no admirers after pushing flag fancies Barnawartha to 10-points at Barnawartha on Saturday.
The Swans trailed by 13-points at the last change but couldn't make the most of their opportunities in the final quarter, booting 2.5 to 2.2.
After finishing tenth last year the Swans are the most improved side in the competition and sit third with a 6-3 record at the half-way point of the season.
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"Although we were disappointed to lose, it was heartening to only lose by 10-points against Barnawartha at Barnawartha considering we had five blokes missing," Brookes said.
"So we won't lack any confidence if we happen to play them again later in the year.
"We rate Barnawartha highly, they were one kick from making the grand final last year and there is little doubt are genuine contenders once again this season."
Jacob Romeril dislocated his shoulder during the last-quarter against Barnawartha and will have scans this week to determine the extent of the damage.
He joins Ash Van Klaveren, Nick Bracher, Rob Phibbs and Jayden Vandermeer on the sidelines.
Bracher is expected to return this week.
The Swans face Yackandandah, Mitta United and Wodonga Saints over the next three weeks.
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