WAFL: West Perth recovery aided by state game bye


West Perth’s Seva Mozhaev, Kris Shannon and Aidan Lynch put pressure on East Perth’s Lewis Jetta. Picture: Dan White
West Perth’s Seva Mozhaev, Kris Shannon and Aidan Lynch put pressure on East Perth’s Lewis Jetta. Picture: Dan White

OUR attack on the footy and our work rate was first class in the 31-point win over East Perth at Arena Joondalup on Monday.

The Royals were on the rebound from a really poor performance against Subiaco, which led them to wield the axe and bring in some extra AFL talent.

It left us on guard against a talented side but the players responded terrifically in the 11.9 (75) to 5.14 (44) victory.

We have a bye for WA’s game against Tasmania this weekend, which works well for those returning from injury.

We expect Chris Keunen and Joel Leeson to be in the mix for league selection when we face Claremont in just over a week’s time. Max Duffy should be back as well as Jay van Berlo, who missed the East Perth game because of work commitments.

Unfortunately, Kody Manning suffered another quad injury against the Royals so will be out for about a month.

Veteran Matt Guadagnin, who has taken on a coaching role this season, still has plans to return from a knee reconstruction but remains some weeks away.

As always, it was pleasing to see a handful of Falcons in the WA team’s 25-man squad yesterday.

Particularly Luke Meadows, who could earn his first state appearance.

I hope he makes the final cut because he has really stepped up this year.

He’s performed well the last couple of seasons, but having moved to half-back in 2016, he is winning the footy with hardness and setting us up on the rebound.

With Meadows plus Shane Nelson, Aaron Black, Andrew Strijk, Jay van Berlo and Nick Rodda, we could have six players in the line-up, which would be a great achievement.