Our back line went out the window last year, but we’ve seen a dramatic improvement in 2013.
The biggest challenge comes at Claremont Oval this Saturday.
The Tigers regularly have first use of the ball through the middle, a factor that’s been bolstered by the recruitment of former Falcons ruckman Mark Seaby.
I imagine there’ll be a few jibes made to Mark, but the majority of our list was not in the side when he last played for West Perth in 2009. Less than 10 players remain from that season.
We were really disappointed he did not return to the Falcons, but things move on quickly and we will not be making it a focus on Saturday.
If we focus only on Seaby, we’re going to do ourselves an injustice.
I expect he will be working in tandem with another former Falcon, Mitch Andrews, given the injury to Jeremy McGovern.
It will be a tough day for our number one ruckman Chris Keunen, but we are confident he will step up to the challenge.
The Tigers have very few weaknesses across the park ” it’s why they’ve been the benchmark over the past few years.
We’re up against a high-class midfield, but lucky to have youngsters like Shane Nelson and Aaron Black making an impact over the past season.
Their improvement has added depth to our engine room, taking the pressure off seasoned midfielders like Mark Hutchings, Matt Guadagnin and Jay Van Berlo. Adding a talent like Rohan Kerr has also helped.
We feel we can match Claremont in the middle and control enough of the play to kick a winning score.