WHILE I was disappointed with our effort early in the game against East Perth on Saturday, I thought we saw it out strongly at Leederville Oval to put us in a good place ahead of the WAFL finals.
Given our position in the top three was safe, we were able to experiment with some minor tactics in preparation for the qualifying final against South Fremantle next weekend.
We used more midfield rotations than we normally would and tried some different forward structures, but mainly we wanted to find ways to exploit the strongest aspects of our game.
I thought we made a big step in the right direction, not to say that we’ve been poor in recent weeks, but we have focused a lot on ball movement, which has probably cost attention on defence and structure.
We’re fortunate to have a healthy list with no major injury concerns.
Kody Manning remains the only player on the long-term injury list.
His rehabilitation from serious knee and leg injuries has gone very well and there was no pressure to get him back this year.
He’s been a cheerful and regular presence around the club since learning he would be out for the season and he’ll be looking to return to action in the pre-season.
We have a bye this weekend so we’ll train on Saturday and I’ll head to East Fremantle afterwards to watch the Bulldogs face the Sharks.