Fal­cons wary of im­prov­ing Perth

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport - with Bill Mon­aghan

WE’LL need to be on our game against Perth at Lath­lain Park on Satur­day.

Earl Spald­ing has them play­ing a good brand of footy and they have im­proved a lot over the last two sea­sons.

They move the ball quickly and get good ser­vice from mid­field­ers like Clint Jones, Corey Yeo and Cody Leggett.

We’ll have one forced change this week af­ter the se­ri­ous in­jury to Kody Man­ning in last week’s win over Swan Dis­tricts at Steel Blue Oval.

He rup­tured his pos­te­rior and me­dial cru­ci­ate lig­a­ments and frac­tured his leg when he landed af­ter what ap­peared to be a sim­ple at­tempt at a mark in the first quar­ter.

He will more than likely need surgery to fix the break in his leg and, best case sce­nario, we’re look­ing at 10-12 weeks.

We’ve got two byes in that time, so if he does get back within three months, that will hope­fully leave four or five games for him at the end of the year.

An­drew Strijk should re­turn on Satur­day af­ter he missed the game against Swans. He pulled up with groin tight­ness at train­ing last Thurs­day and he is too im­por­tant to the side to risk with in­jury.

Debu­tants Con­nor West and Baylee James did not look out of place, which is a tick for the level of tal­ent in our re­serves side.

Our solid win at Steel Blue Oval fol­lowed on from the im­prove­ment we showed against the Bull­dogs the week be­fore. Los­ing Man­ning early meant we were play­ing one man down for about 95 per cent of the game, so the play­ers showed great re­solve to main­tain a solid brand of footy.

West Perth will again need to keep tabs on Clint Jones (left) when they face Perth on Satur­day.

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