Lad­der leaders to pro­vide big test

North Coast Weekender - - Sport - With Bill Mon­aghan

WE’VE given lit­tle thought to our lad­der po­si­tion as we head into a big chal­lenge against league leaders Su­bi­aco on Satur­day.

Ob­vi­ously, it’s not a great sit­u­a­tion for us to have fallen to fifth after the Clare­mont loss, but we can’t be wast­ing our en­ergy on lad­der cal­cu­la­tions at this stage of the sea­son.

The Lions beat us by only 11 points the last time we faced them, but they are in much stronger form now than what they were in round 3.

We’ll need to be sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter against them this time around at Arena Joon­dalup, where we’re hop­ing for a big crowd for our In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball Fes­ti­val.

Joe Mor­row suf­fered a bad fin­ger in­jury in the 14.6 (90) to 12.16 (88) loss to the Tigers at Clare­mont Oval on Satur­day.

He has had surgery on it and could be out for up to six weeks. Mor­row has had a ter­ri­ble run of in­jury through­out his ca­reer but con­tin­u­ally shows great char­ac­ter to bounce back.

We thought the Tigers match was one we could have won so the play­ers were frus­trated with their in­ef­fi­ciency.

I made a strong point after the match that a game is made up of thou­sands of in­ci­dents so the re­sult does not come down to a sin­gle play, such as Corey Chalmers’ miss after the siren.

We re­minded him not to beat him­self up about it – some­times you kick the win­ning goal, some­times you don’t – and we moved on pretty quickly.

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