Fo­cus shifts to Freo

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

with Josh Kennedy IT was very sat­is­fy­ing to score a good win against Carl­ton last Fri­day night, but af­ter en­joy­ing the mo­ment for a lit­tle while the fo­cus soon shifted to our next chal­lenge against Fre­man­tle.

In this state, there is al­ways a lot of hype around the west­ern derby, mainly be­cause of the ri­valry be­tween the fans. Good friends, fam­i­lies and even some mar­riages are split down the mid­dle over who they sup­port.

But for the play­ers it’s busi­ness as usual. We need to fo­cus on the things we think will get the re­sult for us, just as we did last week against Carl­ton.

Af­ter los­ing to the West­ern Bull­dogs in round one, we an­a­lysed ar­eas of our game that we needed to im­prove on, set to ad­dress them against the Blues and the plan fell into place. Af­ter a tight first quar­ter we were able to chip away and even­tu­ally got on top of them.

Our mid­field was fan­tas­tic, tak­ing con­trol around the stop­pages and then giv­ing the for­wards plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties, which was cru­cial to an 11-goal win.

The mod­ern game starts in the mid­field and Nic Nai­tanui was awe­some in the ruck and was well sup­ported by Scott Lycett, who is emerg­ing with ev­ery game. With the big guys di­rect­ing the ball into the path of blokes like Matt Prid­dis, Luke Shuey and An­drew Gaff, the for­wards were pre­sented with enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to give us the chance to kick a win­ning score.

We had great con­tri­bu­tions all over the ground and that’s what we need ev­ery week. I’m sure ev­ery­one hears coaches ev­ery week talk­ing about an even con­tri­bu­tion across the group be­ing the se­cret to suc­cess, and that was the case on Fri­day night.

The backs were again fan­tas­tic, with Jeremy Mc­Gov­ern and Will Schofield, who made a great re­turn to the team, lead­ing the way.

Also, some of the young blokes back there – Jack­son Nel­son, Brad Shep­pard and El­liot Yeo – did a ter­rific job.

The best ex­am­ple of a bloke do­ing his bit for the team was Matt Rosa. He hasn’t tagged a lot dur­ing his ca­reer but went to Chris Judd, who was on fire. ‘Rose’ per­formed a great role for the team which was very im­por­tant to the win.

We know we will need ev­ery­one do­ing their bit to beat Fre­man­tle next Sun­day and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to the test. They have ob­vi­ously started the sea­son strongly with suc­ces­sive wins, so it’s a chance to see how much we have im­proved.

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