Young players do well in low-scoring grind

Young players do well in low-scoring grind

I thought our intensity and endeavour to beat Peel by nine points in Mandurah last Saturday was fantastic.

As is often the case with our side, it was a low-scoring grind.

I was particularly happy with the performance of the younger players we have introduced in recent weeks; they really stood up.

We were beaten in the air but the team ran hard to tip the scales in our favour.

On the injury front, Jordan Jones’ posterior cruciate ligament injury will take about two to three months to recover.

He should be OK to join pre-season training when it begins for the 2015 season.

Kody Manning and Nick Rodda could have possibly made a return if we were a finals chance, but there’s not much point in rushing them back with just two games left for the season.

We’re anticipating Claremont to come out all guns blazing at Claremont Showground on Saturday, given they remain a mathematical chance for the top four.

We don’t expect to field many changes from the side that defeated Peel last weekend.

It’s a good test for us.

There’s a large number of our players auditioning for spots in 2015.

They can’t just go through the motions; everyone is on notice.

Given the weather’s been wet all week, it will be interesting to see how the surface at the showgrounds holds up.

I’m not expecting it to be too bad, but there may be some tricky soft patches around the oval.

At the end of the day, both teams are playing on the same surface so it’s not really an issue.