WAFL: Bill Monaghan eyes big West Perth-South Fremantle clash

Andrew Strijk is chaired from the ground in his 200th game. Picture: Dan White
Andrew Strijk is chaired from the ground in his 200th game. Picture: Dan White

WE’VE been tweaking our defence over the last month and I think we’ve improved in the backline since South Fremantle gave us a hiding the last time we met.

The match against the Bulldogs at Arena Joondalup on Saturday will be about strength through the midfield and making sure that if we don’t score when we’ve got the ball, we at least keep it in our forward half.

The Bulldogs have shown that if they get enough supply to their attackers, they’ve got enough weapons to put a winning score on the board.

It’s obvious our defence isn’t as tight as it’s been over the last three or four years.

But we have increased our scoring so it’s a ‘give and take’ situation.

I’ll be looking at vision of South Fremantle’s three recent losses to Peel, East Perth and Subiaco for any patterns in how they lost.

We need to find the right approach because we’ve seen how horribly it can go wrong if we don’t.

It was really important for us to win against Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval on Sunday after we saw the way other teams’ results went last weekend.

The 12.17 (89) to 12.9 (81) victory, which also celebrated Andrew Strijk’s 200th game, put a gap between us and the fourth and fifth sides, while evening us up on wins with South Fremantle in second.

It was a little disappointing we allowed Swans to get back into the game because we had clearly outplayed them up to half-time.

– West Perth’s men’s and women’s teams will wear odd socks this weekend as part of the Sock it to Sarcoma cause.