WAFL: West Perth to go full tilt in final game despite safe in top three

Jay van Berlo marks against Subiaco. Picture: Dan White
Jay van Berlo marks against Subiaco. Picture: Dan White

WE can’t move from the top three heading into our last game of the season against East Perth before the WAFL finals.

But that doesn’t take away from the importance of the match against the Royals at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

We need to play our very best football and work on the style we want to produce in the first week of finals against South Fremantle.

Michael Lourey will miss this weekend’s match because of work commitments so that means Jacob Turner will more than likely make his league debut.

Jake deserves a call-up this week after a terrific year in the reserves.

I was proud to be named as a WAFL life member recently. It will certainly be something I look back on with pride and I was thankful to have been nominated for the honour.

But personal accolades take a back seat at this important time of year for the team.

We can’t afford to produce another effort like we did early in the game in our 47-point loss to Subiaco at Joondalup Arena on Saturday. The score was flattering and we probably should have lost by a lot more.

It was a combination of Subiaco playing well and our players underperforming.

We were outscored by just 18 points after quarter- time, which looks OK on face value. But when you look at scoring shots and inside-50s, it was probably more a case of luck rather than us reining Subiaco in.