WAFL: West Perth’s Bill Monaghan predicts fired up East Perth on WA Day

Nick Rodda spoils during West Perth's win over Perth. Picture: Dan White
Nick Rodda spoils during West Perth's win over Perth. Picture: Dan White

WE face East Perth on WA Day and expect them to be fired up after suffering a heavy defeat against Subiaco on the weekend.

It will be a fiercely contested game so we’re going to have to ensure our intensity at stoppages is top rate.

There’s the prospect of them having West Coast players Mitch Brown and Xavier Ellis in defence.

Those two with Tom Barrass, who has been in good form, could create some issues.

Our forward line struggled against the Royals last time, and while it has clearly improved since then, we still have some work to do on it.

We were not at our best against Perth last Saturday, but it was good to see the players work through that to secure the 26-point win at Lathlain Park.

Not to take anything away from the Demons though, they played some terrific footy and they tested us for a large portion of the game.

Kody Manning was a late withdrawal from the match because he pulled up sore from Thursday training.

He could have played but we did not see the point in risking a one-week injury that could have turned into three or four weeks on the sideline.

His omission gave Matt Johnson another opportunity to play.

We’ll be looking at giving ruckman Chris Keunen a full match in the reserves on Monday as he recovers from a broken leg.

He played about 70 per cent of a game with the twos on Saturday.

Defender Luke Tedesco is also having to work his way back through the reserves.

He looks to have recovered from a back injury, seeing out a whole game in the twos last weekend.

Joel Leeson remains the only one incapable of playing through injury at the moment.

He’s only two or three weeks away so we’re getting close to having a full squad.