Coach looks for consistency

West Perth’s Andrew Strijk in pain on Saturday.
West Perth’s Andrew Strijk in pain on Saturday.

Our match play was not a recipe for success early on against East Fremantle on Saturday, but in the last quarter, we got back to the footy that worked so well for us last year.

We will look for a more consistent effort against Claremont in our first home game of the season at Arena Joondalup this Saturday.

Scans revealed there was no major damage done to Andrew Strijk’s shoulder after he came off late in the game against the Sharks. It was the same shoulder he had surgery on in the off-season, but scans showed the repairs had held up well.

He trained well on Tuesday night, so we expect him to play on Saturday.

He did not have the shoulder strapped last weekend, but he will against the Tigers.

We aren’t looking to make huge amounts of changes to the side from round one.

Marc Crisp has been suspended for two weeks for rough conduct, so there will be one forced change.

If there’s any other change, it will be in our forward half.

We didn’t think our forwards made enough of an impact on the scoreboard in the East Fremantle game.

Claremont might have looked light-on at each end in its 65-point loss to Perth, but its midfield is still first class.

We’d be foolish to think they’ll allow themselves to be beaten so easily again this week.

Any side that can start in the middle with Luke Blackwell, Jake Murphy, Andrew Foster and Mark Seaby is a quality outfit.