I’ve coached some close games at West Perth, but not one where we’ve made as big a turnaround as this one to win the game.
For the side to keep pressing, even when Peel steadied in the last quarter, was a credit to them.
It would be easy to say a number of the players were fatigued from the Foxtel Cup on Tuesday, but I don’t believe it had any effect.
Some of our best players on Sunday were among those who faced Box Hill in Melbourne.
Luckily, we’ve got an outstanding strength and conditioning coach in Craig Soley to prepare the team accordingly.
We face Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Saturday.
The Lions are the WAFL’s best team so we cannot afford to play as badly as we did in the first half against the Thunder.
Whereas Peel’s big line-up was like facing the land of the giants, we’re expecting the Subiaco match to be a battle of smaller midfield players.
We took an extra tall into Sunday’s clash, but could probably get away with one or two key defenders against Subiaco.
We’ll need to keep tabs on tall Lions players Matt Boland and Lachlan Delahunty in the forward half.
Shane Yarran will also be a focus, but he’s a smaller footballer so we’ll need to cover him for pace.
For us, forward Matt Fowler may return after kicking eight goals in the reserves.
We dropped him on a combination of form and match-ups with Peel, but he answered in the best possible way.