No panicking for Peel game despite heavy loss
WE head to Mandurah on Friday to face a Peel side that has less AFL experience than when they beat us in the finals last year, but is still a very good group of players.
The Thunder is a wellbalanced team and while there’s nothing specific we need to target, we need to be better at what we do if we we’re going to beat them.
Peel footballers who aren’t on Fremantle’s list, such as Rory O’Brien, Leroy Jetta and Blair Bell, have been playing some terrific footy.
From the Dockers contingent, we could face Danyle Pearce, who didn’t play for the Thunder last week.
There’s also the likes of Matt Taberner, Jon Griffin, Nick Suban, Darcy Tucker and Cameron Sutcliffe, who were strong on Saturday and will need attention should they suit up against us.
Since we’re playing tomorrow, we did our main training session last night.
We’ll need to make some personnel changes after our heavy 23.8 (146) to 6.7 (43) loss to South Fremantle on Saturday, but we won’t be panicking at the selection table.
When you lose by that much there’s dozens of issues you can identify, but our inability to put pressure on the Bulldogs and counter their run and spread were the two that cost us so heavily at Fremantle Oval.
We felt like we were still in the game at half-time, even though we were four or five goals down, so we kept on with our game plan.
Most of the damage was done in the second half, so we tried to minimise the impact by making some changes around the ground.
When you’re facing a heavy defeat, you don’t want to change the game plan too quickly, but you’re also under pressure to stop the rot.