Quick ball moves make difference

Quick ball moves make difference

While we still made plenty of mistakes, the players’ quick ball movement created space in our forward line to allow us eight or 10 more scoring shots than what we’d had in previous games.

If you kick 15 goals in a match, you’re likely to come out on top.

It’s an important game against East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday. We’ll be looking to bring in another key defender to combat the Royals’ tall structure.

If they go with Josh Smith, Scott Lycett and Fraser McInnes in the forward line, while also being able to throw Paul Johnson up there, we’ll be exposed if we’re lacking height.

We’ve been pretty short in the backline so far, due to the fact our opposition sides have not had a significant number of tall players.

I would think premiership player Shaun Marusic, Swan Districts premiership player Matt Spencer or the 190cm Max Alexander could come into the side.

We’ll be up against several East Perth footballers who experienced a grand final loss against us last year.

That may be a motivating factor for them, but I don’t think it will play much of a part. We just need to be at our best and see whether our best is good enough to hold them out.

We’re not going to risk playing midfielder Matt Guadagnin, who missed last week with an injured hamstring.

He and the physio were quietly confident he would be ready, but it’s not worth rushing him back this early in the season.