Falcons look to build defence

The Falcons are looking to win their first game of the season this Saturday against Claremont. Picture: Matt Beilken
The Falcons are looking to win their first game of the season this Saturday against Claremont. Picture: Matt Beilken

WE need to defend better, particularly early in a game (after Peel Thunder beat West Perth last Saturday 14.4 – 88 to 12.13 – 85).

We can’t make a poor start like we did against Peel. That put us under the pump right from the start.

Our spirit was really strong and to keep coming like we did when the game looked dead and buried probably a couple of times was just fantastic.

There were a lot of positives.

We had more inside 50s, more scoring shots than anyone in the competition over round 1. But we’ve got to convert them and defend a little bit better.

n In the lead-up to our first home game of the season this Saturday, against Claremont, we fix what we can control.

We make sure our concentration levels are more sustained over the two hours.

Make sure we rotate properly; we didn’t do that particularly well on the weekend.

And we continue to take the game on.

I was happy with the way we attacked with the ball in hand.

We’ll get better now that we’ve had that really competitive hit-out under our belt.

I’m sure that will stand us in good stead.

Claremont is going to be another team in the top two or three of the competition.

n I’m really looking forward to it (up against Claremont coach and former West Perth premiership teammate Darren Harris). Both of our families are.

We see a lot of the Harris family; they’re great people and the whole club looks forward to hosting them this week.

With (former Falcons) Kepler Bradley and Brayden Duckworth also in Claremont colours and (West Perth) assistant coaches Jason Salacic, Matt Guadagnin and Blake Arnold, along with football manager Steve Trewhella, we’re all looking forward to some fellowship after the game.