WAFL: West Perth’s best needed for Perth clash at Arena Joondalup


The Perth Demons proved a tough opponent the last time the sides met this season.
Picture: Dan White
The Perth Demons proved a tough opponent the last time the sides met this season. Picture: Dan White

PERTH has played some really good footy over the past seven or eight weeks so we’re going to have to be at our best if we want to beat them at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

We need to be most wary of their top-class midfield, with Angus Graham in the ruck ably assisted by Sam Garstone and Todd Stevenson.

Then at their feet, they’ve got the likes of Aidan Tropiano, Dene White, Clint Jones, Julian Jacobs, Liam McKenna and promising youngster Zac Fisher so we cannot allow them to control the game.

They’re quite tricky at ground level in the forward line too, which leaves an important task for our defenders.

We’re coming off a bye so I expect our players to be fresh in one of the stronger line-ups we’ve fielded this season.

We thought we would welcome Steve Potente back this week, but he will let his injury rest for another round.

Nick Rodda remains out, but Andrew Strijk returns as does Trent Manzone.

While we have only four games remaining, we’re still hopeful of seeing veteran midfielder Matt Guadagnin feature for us this season after recovering from a knee reconstruction. He is touch-and-go to play some reserves football this week, but we’ll likely have him wait until the Subiaco game next weekend.

He’s been training strongly, but we’re only going to get one shot at bringing him back so we do not want to take any risks. It’s a slow build with reconstruction rehab.

It’s not as if he hasn’t been doing anything; he’s been doing some touch work the last eight weeks and running for about the last 12.

He will likely play limited minutes against Subiaco then a full game against Claremont and we’ll reassess his condition after the bye.