WAFL: West Perth happy with timing of bye


Paul Johnson lunges for a tackle on West Perth’s Shane Nelson. Picture: Dan White
Paul Johnson lunges for a tackle on West Perth’s Shane Nelson. Picture: Dan White

IT was a frustrating game against East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

We were on top in most statistics except for goal kicking, which resulted in us losing.

Our first half was strong – 14 scoring shots to six – but we were poor in a 10-15 minute patch of the third quarter.

It’s been a busy four weeks for us in the lead-up to this weekend’s bye, with matches against finals contenders South Fremantle, East Fremantle, Peel and East Perth.

While we don’t focus much on looking at games in blocks, taking two wins away from those games is not a bad result.

Of course, we would have liked to have won all of them, but I’m satisfied with the football we have been producing.

We welcome back Trent Manzone from suspension after the break as well as Andrew Strijk and Steve Potente. Strijk was a late withdrawal against East Perth while Potente missed the match with a tweaked knee.

I expect Nick Rodda will miss another two or three games after aggravating a quad injury at training; we’ll be treading really carefully with that one.

It’s good time for us to have a bye to rest a few sore bodies.

We gave the players Monday night off training, before resuming our normal schedule. They’ll have fitness programs they’re expected to complete over the weekend whether that be bike riding, running or swimming.

Some will be tailored to players recovering from injury, but it won’t be anything too out of the ordinary.