Fal­cons to build on pos­i­tives

Joondalup Weekender - - Wafl 2018: West Perth Falcons Preview - Mark Don­ald­son

WEST Perth scraped into the WAFL fi­nals last year only to suf­fer a first-round exit at the hands of Swan Dis­tricts.

The Fal­cons will be look­ing to im­prove on last sea­son’s fifth-place fin­ish amid the ex­cite­ment of over­haul­ing their match-day ex­pe­ri­ence with the com­ple­tion of their mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar clu­b­rooms.

They will be back­ing a list sim­i­lar to the one they had in 2017 af­ter a quiet off-sea­son re­cruit­ing phase.

Newly-ap­pointed foot­ball man­ager and premier­ship player Steve Trewhella said sea­son 2018 was all about im­prove­ment.

“Each year we are try­ing to im­prove as a footy club and ul­ti­mately win the premier­ship,” he said.

“We didn’t achieve that and the ev­i­dence prob­a­bly in­di­cated that there was a bit of a gap be­tween the top three sides and the rest.

“But there were plenty of pos­i­tives we look to build upon for 2018.”

With a cou­ple of player move­ments, Trewhella said im­prove­ments both on and off the field would be vi­tal to a surge up the lad­der.

“The club has made some struc­tural changes over the pre-sea­son and brought in some new coaches to sup­port the se­nior coach and the play­ers,” he said.

“We lost a cou­ple of key de­fend­ers with Nic Rodda mov­ing to Vic­to­ria and Scott Simp­son tak­ing a break from foot­ball, but the club wel­comes Mitchell Dzeleb­dzic from South Fre­man­tle, Liam Tedesco and James Finchett from Wan­neroo.

“This cou­pled with our new head­quar­ters pro­vides our peo­ple with what we think is the best fa­cil­ity in the WAFL and it will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of our play­ing group so they have ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to be the best they can be.

“Our best foot­ball will be good enough to com­pete and beat any team.

“The play­ers have had a very good pre-sea­son and all indi­ca­tors tell us that we are stronger and faster than at the same time last year.

“There is a real re­solve within the group and a burn­ing de­sire to com­pete and im­prove. If our list can stay rel­a­tively healthy there is no rea­son that we can’t achieve suc­cess in Septem­ber.”

West Perth will kick off sea­son 2018 against Clare­mont at HBF Arena on Satur­day, March 31.

Pic­ture: Dan White

Luke Mead­ows (cen­tre) could win the San­dover Medal this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Steve Trewhella.

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