Play­ers seek Royal re­demp­tion

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport - with Bill Mon­aghan

AS much as we pull strings in the coaches box, it’s the play­ers’ mo­ti­va­tion and ef­fort that wins games.

So it will be up to them to turn around the 58-point loss we suf­fered to East Perth in Round 2 when we face them again on WA Day.

Given the West Coast Ea­gles play on Satur­day and our match is at Joon­dalup Arena on Mon­day, I would ex­pect the Ea­gles’ emer­gen­cies to be avail­able to play for the Roy­als against us.

The Ea­gles and East Perth both have a bye the fol­low­ing week­end so it’s un­likely West Coast will be looking to hold any play­ers over.

We’ve gone against hav­ing run­with play­ers this sea­son so we will con­tinue with that ap­proach.

Ob­vi­ously East Perth has big ball winners in the mid­dle, par­tic­u­larly Luke Part­ing­ton.

So while we won’t have a spe­cific match-up for him, we’ll gauge how the game is go­ing and if he is hav­ing too much of an in­flu­ence, then we may look to run a tag.

Some­times there are 35-pos­ses­sion games that hurt you and 35-pos­ses­sion games that are man­age­able.

We’ve of­ten been us­ing play­ers in small bursts to lock down on some­one we think is get­ting off the chain.

The prob­lem is that most sides have a lot of depth.

So if we lock down on Part­ing­ton, then we could find that Shar­rod Welling­ham or Pa­trick McGin­nity run free. The same goes for fast-run­ning Ea­gles for­ward Jack Petruc­celle, should he front up against us.

We don’t have a par­tic­u­lar matchup for him ei­ther, nor do we have some­one who could match him for speed. It will be about team de­fence with good po­si­tion­ing.

Just be­cause you’re quick, it doesn’t mean you al­ways get the op­por­tu­nity to show it.

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