Back-to-back challenges

Back-to-back challenges

Swans had been in very good form in recent weeks and getting a lot of the football.

We wanted to keep them under 400 possessions, which we did, but they still got 381 touches ” about 20 more than I would have liked.

However, some of that was forced by good defensive pressure, which made them handball a lot more than we did.

We’re into the last two months of regular season football now and it’s been a tough year.

Besides Perth, we’ve played each of the top-six sides twice, but still managed to hold on to second spot.

Having said that, there are never any easy games and we expect a tough contest in Mandurah against Peel on Saturday.

On paper they might have looked terrible last week, but they could have as many as eight changes against us with AFL-|listed personnel, plus some returning senior players. And they’re a five or six-goal better side at Rushton Park.

The Thunder have faced some turmoil in the past week, but it’s more to do with their reserves side.

In some ways it works for us that Peel president John Ditchburn has been vocal this week because it reminds our players that they can expect a tough game on Saturday.

Jordan Jones and Nick Rodda are only a slight chance to play for us this week due to some niggling injuries.

But in good news for us, Jason Salecic played some reserves football last week and we expect him to play a full game in the reserves this weekend.

He should be fit to play for us after our bye on July 13.