THE even contribution of the playing group has been really pleasing (in West Perth’s two pre-season wins over East Fremantle and East Perth), along with the form of a young player like key defender Noah Pegoraro, from Kingsley amateurs, who has been exceptional and will make his debut against Peel this Saturday.
We will be just trying to win it (the first game of the WAFL season away to Peel).
It’s pretty simple. We’ll pick our best 22 players available and we know it’s going to be a really tough ask.
It’s a step up from the pre-season teams we’ve played.
With all due respect, East Fremantle came off two wins last year and they’ve got a new coaching group and structure.
East Perth have obviously changed their allegiance with West Coast and they’re in the process of rebuilding their team list.
Peel is going to be a very different proposition to those two teams. We know it’s going to be a real step up, so getting the right balance with the 22 and playing the way we want to play, playing our brand of football will be really important.
We want to move the ball quickly through the middle of the ground.
We’ve got some good leg speed. It’s really important we get our hands on the ball from the clearances; those centre bounce clearances and stoppages around the ground. They’re even more important – particularly the centre bounce clearances – with the new rules.
We want to get it to our forwards quickly. We have a very potent forward line and the more opportunity they have to compete one-on-one, the better our chances are to score.