Lions’ share of trou­ble

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport - with Bill Mon­aghan

FOR the third straight week, we are com­ing up against a team that is on the re­bound from a big loss to Su­bi­aco.

Swan Dis­tricts were ter­rific in the first quar­ter against the Lions, but then re­ceived a touch-up, which has been a fa­mil­iar re­sult when it comes to Su­bi­aco this sea­son.

Like our last two op­po­nents – East Perth and South Fre­man­tle – we’ll ex­pect Swans to turn it around at Bassendean Oval on Satur­day af­ter a heavy de­feat to the league lead­ers.

The Roy­als and Bulldogs both over­came us af­ter they lost to Su­bi­aco so we’re well aware of the dan­ger of a team on the re­bound.

Swans had two handy play­ers miss last week in Jar­rad Blight and Bray­den Noble, who kicked five goals be­tween them in Round 2, so we ex­pect they might re­turn.

And former AFL player David El­lard played his first game of the sea­son so he’ll be look­ing to work into some form against us.

With rain fore­cast, the weather also has to come into con­sid­er­a­tion when we look at our match-ups.

Our team won’t be set un­til we see the con­di­tions on Satur­day morn­ing.

I was dis­ap­pointed in the chances we missed to win against the Bulldogs in the fi­nal min­utes of the match at HBF Arena on Sun­day.

It was ter­ri­ble to see us give away a 50m penalty at a cru­cial stage in the last quar­ter; we need to be bet­ter than that.

That said, it wasn’t the sole rea­son we lost, there were plenty of other things we did wrong in the last cou­ple of min­utes.

Tall for­ward Michael Lourey was un­lucky to be omit­ted against South Fre­man­tle and he’s a chance to re­turn this week.

He did a fan­tas­tic job in the re­serves to kick four goals and got bet­ter as the game pro­gressed.

Pic­ture: Dan White

West Perth’s Kody Man­ning in bat­tle with Blaine John­son.

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