WAFL players at another level

West Perth captain Aaron Black leads from the front against Perth. Picture: Dan White
West Perth captain Aaron Black leads from the front against Perth. Picture: Dan White

FOOTBALL has changed in so many areas of the game. Certainly the professionalism and the fitness demands of the players are far and above what I was exposed to 20-odd years ago.

Players now are at a fitness level that AFL players were probably 15 years ago. That’s a big change.

Certainly the number of rotations; you are playing on different people all the time and in different roles.

In my day it was fairly set. You went out and played your position and played your man until such time as someone got injured or someone got dragged.

If someone got badly beaten, the coach took you off.

• I was really happy with our midfield (in West Perth’s 31-point win over Perth).

We were able to win the contested ball and the clearance count – and that always sets your games up.

Our tackle pressure was good. Around the contest we were very strong and we were able to control the game for the final three quarters.

• Peel Thunder represents a really good challenge this Saturday (the Joondalup Arena game starts at 4.30pm).

They have a number of AFL-listed players, they are very strong through the midfield and have some good quality ruckmen.

We’ll need to make sure that hunger and that ability to win the ball at the contest is there again.

If we can do that, we can build on that with our ball movement and our outside run. First and foremost it’s got to be done at the contest.