Still chance for fi­nals

GWS MATCH OP­POR­TU­NITY TO LOCK A TOP 8 FIN­ISH

Kwinana Courier - - Community Classifieds | Sports -

AF­TER a tough bat­tle with Carl­ton last Satur­day night, it’s now off to Syd­ney to face GWS.

By beat­ing Carl­ton we stay in the hunt to play fi­nals and now have to deal with the Gi­ants. I know it’s a bor­ing old cliche, but I said last week we have to take it one week at a time and we re­ally have no op­tion but to play it that way.

Things can change so dra­mat­i­cally from one week to the next be­cause this com­pe­ti­tion is so even and we have seen it all year.

You only have to cast back to the game against Carl­ton. They came to Perth sit­ting 17th on the lad­der and at three-quar­ter time scores were level.

We planned for them to play the way they did and ex­pected them to re­ally take the game on, so it came as no sur­prise to us. They have a good mix of young blokes and more se­nior play­ers and they are on the up­ward trend.

Over the back end of the year there has been a bit of a fo­cus on our last quar­ters and we were de­ter­mined to fin­ish strongly. There had been a trend that the city end of the ground was the scor­ing end, but that wasn't just go­ing to hap­pen.

There was an ad­van­tage with the breeze and it was a bit dif­fer­ent for Su­bi­aco Oval.

It re­ally made goal-kick­ing tough at the Subi end be­cause the breeze would pick the footy up and carry it hard left when it was trav­el­ling straight most of the way.

It won’t take Carl­ton long to climb their way up the lad­der based on what we saw on Satur­day night, but af­ter re­view­ing the game early in the week, we moved on to GWS pretty quickly.

They are start­ing to get some of their best play­ers back and they looked in great touch against the Bull­dogs.

They’ll prob­a­bly have ruck­man Shane Mum­ford back for this one as well, so we know we’re go­ing to need to be at our best.

We ac­tu­ally have a pretty good record at the ground and have great mem­o­ries of an amaz­ing win there last year when Nic Nai­tanui crumbed his own ball from a for­ward stop­page and kicked the win­ning goal a bit less than 12 months ago.

Ob­vi­ously Nic will not be there this week, but hope­fully we can get the job done and move a step closer to at last lock­ing down a fi­nal eight spot.

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