WE fell back into some of the poor form we showed at the beginning of the season in our 35-point loss to South Fremantle last weekend, but I wouldn’t say we switched off totally.
We gave ourselves plenty of opportunity to get on top of the game, particularly in the first half when we outdid them for scoring shots.
We felt like we could have been three or four goals up at half time.
When players get in that situation, I think it starts eating away at them mentally; they’ve worked hard, but they haven’t got the reward.
Then when the opposition goes up the other end and kicks a handful of easy goals, as the Bulldogs did to us in the third quarter, that mental block becomes difficult to push through.
Credit to our players for kicking four goals in the final term, but South Fremantle matched that so the difference ended up being the poor third term on our behalf.
I can’t see us welcoming back any of the injured trio in Kody Manning, Laine Rasmussen and Nick Rodda this Saturday against East Fremantle at Arena Joondalup.
Rasmussen took a knock to the calf in our win over Claremont, which left him as a late withdrawal against the Bulldogs.
We’re faced with the familiar dilemma of whether we play two ruckmen because Seva Mozhaev performed well for us before the return of Chris Keunen edged him out last week.
Dean Munns has drawn a lot of attention as a tagger for us, but we might release him to play an outside role this week.
The Sharks might have dropped some form in recent rounds, but they’ve proven how dangerous they are when they’re at their best.
They gave us a touch-up the last time we faced them.
The players will be wearing a 1941 replica guernsey as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of West Perth’s premiership over East Fremantle that year.