Final flour­ish

Fal­cons scrape into WAFL fi­nals.

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - with Bill Mon­aghan

THE play­ers will take a fair amount of con­fi­dence into the elim­i­na­tion final against Swan Dis­tricts af­ter the way they han­dled them­selves when chal­lenged in the vic­tory over Clare­mont last Saturday.

We’ve strug­gled men­tally over the past five or six weeks so it was a boost for us to get a tight win.

We fi­nally took our chances and kicked well in front of goals in the 12.6 (78) to 10.14 (74) tri­umph.

But it’s a fresh start now that we’re in the fi­nals; what hap­pened in the home and away sea­son is some­what ir­rel­e­vant.

We cer­tainly don’t con­sider the fact we’re un­beaten from two games against Swans this sea­son as an ad­van­tage head­ing into the clash at Bassendean Oval on Sun­day.

There might be some things we did well on those days that we’ll need to re­mind the play­ers about.

But that would be the case even if we’d lost twice to them so the past re­sults have lit­tle bear­ing on how we pre­pare this time around.

We used Deans Munns against Jye Bolton in the Clare­mont game so we might use him against David El­lard. Matt Rig­gio, Adam Faulkner and Jamie Ben­nell are oth­ers we need to watch.

Todd Ban­field kicked four goals against us last time so we need to make sure we’ve got his match-up right. Ricky Cary, Tony Notte and Corey Gault in the ruck are an­other three ca­pa­ble of tak­ing big marks and hurt­ing us on the score­board.

So there’s some tal­ent for us to con­sider, but it’s no greater a task than any other week.

We’re un­likely to make many changes from last week’s team.

The only in­jury con­cern was Steve Po­tente who was treated in hospi­tal af­ter be­ing poked in the eye but it looks like he’ll be fine.

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