Players’ self-belief proves major factor in late wins

Players’ self-belief proves major factor in late wins

It is not like we sat down in the pre-season and said �we want to be running out games better than everyone else�.

I would say it�s a combination of our strength and conditioning program and the hard work players do on field, which builds their fitness.

But ultimately our players have strong belief in themselves � you can�t put a measure on that.

They believe in our structure and our personnel and know we can fight it out right to the line.

It showed again against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Saturday when we kicked the last four goals of the game to win by 23 points after being only eight points ahead at three-quarter time.

The Bulldogs came out hard and moved the ball quickly so posed quite a challenge for us.

We were missing ruckman Chris Keunen with an eye injury, which also complicated matters.

Keunen will be back to face Claremont at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

We expect Kris Shannon, Luke Tedesco and Aidan Lynch to also return.

Tyler Keitel rolled an ankle on the weekend so he will miss the Tigers clash, but we expect him to be recovered for finals.

We are safe in second spot, but we want to win against Claremont.

While we will err on the side of caution with some players, we will still field a strong side as evidenced by the inclusion of Keunen, Tedesco, Shannon and Lynch.

Places in the side are at a premium so players need to be at their best to hold their spot.

We have some tough selection decisions to make at finals time.