WAFL finals: West Perth hopes to break South Fremantle hold

Star midfielder Shane Nelson returns for the final against the Bulldogs. Picture: Dan White
Star midfielder Shane Nelson returns for the final against the Bulldogs. Picture: Dan White

IN both losses to South Fremantle this season, we allowed them too much control of the ball.

We gave them too many uncontested marks and did not win the loose footy.

We need to turn that around against the Bulldogs in the qualifying final at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

Our defence will be a key element; putting them under pressure, getting the ball in our half and keeping it there.

They’ve got an exceptional side with a forward line as good as any in the league.

We’re fully aware if you give a team like South Fremantle enough supply in their attacking 50 they’re going to go score.

Our No. 1 priority is to limit their inside-50s. We must be strong around the stoppages.

There won’t be a specific defender for dangerous forward Ben Saunders; the backmen will share the load.

We will have a strong list available for selection, with Shane Nelson, Steve Potente, Tyler Keitel and Dean Munns returning after missing last week’s game against Swans.

Matt Guadagnin struggled with a tight hamstring in the reserves so he’s been ruled out of the finals.

Nelson was cleared by the surgeon, who repaired fractures in his face four weeks ago.

We think he will be OK not to wear a helmet.

The fracture has been plated, so it’s fairly strong.

Corey Chalmers played well against Swans with 28 possessions but with two midfielders coming back into the mix that puts his spot under pressure.

The Bulldogs have got some tall options so it might be a week where we need a taller side. I’d say we need three tall defenders, which isn’t always the case.

We didn’t have the best game against Swan Districts but it was a good hit-out heading into the final.

It gave us the chance to experiment with our structure, which was fortunate.