I thought our pressure skills were good.
But our skill execution is still letting us down and it’s what cost us in the 8.10 (58) to 10.10 (70) loss.
We were not bringing the ball from our back third up to our forward third effectively enough.
We gave the ball away too many times and that put pressure on our ability to score.
Then the weather blew up and the ball became locked in at one end, which made for a disappointing afternoon.
To Claremont’s credit, they were fantastic.
It’s tough to say this early on how the Tigers will go this season, but I think you’ll find the competition will be very close this year.
Most sides will be able to win on any given week.
Andrew Strijk’s shoulder pulled up fine from the game; it’s just his skill execution that he needs to tighten.
Backman Dan Hunt was a late withdrawal from last weekend’s clash with a groin strain and is touch and go to play against Perth at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.
We expect Andrew Krakouer to play a full game of reserves this week after playing three quarters last Saturday.
He’ll come together pretty quickly, he knows how to play the game, it’s just a matter of match fitness.
The Demons have recruited well and have a strong array of talent.
They’re getting the job done thanks to their foot soldiers who are working hard to get the ball in the hands of their runners.
We need to improve significantly on what we’ve done in the first two rounds.
If we don’t, then we’ll be zip and three, but we’re confident we can rise to the challenge.