WAFL: West Perth sizes up Fremantle feeder Peel after West Coast Eagles-aligned East Perth

West Perth faces Peel on Saturday.
West Perth faces Peel on Saturday.

PEEL’S form hasn’t been great this season but we know how dangerous they can be when they’ve got a lot of AFL experience in the side.

They fielded multiple seasoned Dockers players last week so we could face a similar scenario against them at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday.

Regardless of their ins and outs, we can expect them to continue the defensive approach they’ve had to games this year.

Most of their performances have not been high scoring or featured a lot of inside 50s. They tend to compress a lot of numbers in the back half so we’ll look to counteract that tactic.

The weather could also come into play with a rainy and breezy day predicted for Saturday. That will mean we’ll be looking to gain as much ground as we can by kicking the ball rather than moving it through quick handpasses as we have been doing a lot this season.

We have been fielding a lot of running players so that style of play has worked well for us.

We attempted to implement it last year but it did not work for us too well at times.

Our 13.15 (93) to 10.9 (69) win over East Perth at Joondalup Arena on Monday was important as it put us a game clear of the Royals on the table.

It was an entertaining contest and we more than held our own in all aspects of the match.

I fielded a lot of questions about my 200th game as coach last week and while I was very proud of the achievement, I’m really just a passenger to what the players do on the field.

I’ll no doubt reflect on it down the track, but to be honest, it’s good to have the attention on that milestone out of the way as we navigate the midway point of the season.