Plenty of work to do to make finals
CONSISTENT effort and intensity has been a key theme within the group at the West Coast Eagles for much of this season and it remains something we need to strive toward.
Week to week there has been a gap in our performance levels.
But on Sunday against Port Adelaide, our inconsistency surfaced during the game.
We couldn’t sustain our game from quarter to quarter and paid the price for the fluctuations.
After a slow start, when we conceded the first four goals, we fought back and kicked seven goals in a row to take a 24-point lead late in the second quarter. Then Port came back into the game and they finished strongly, kicking eight goals to three in the last term to score an important victory.
We’re not the only team in the competition to have trouble hitting a consistent mark from week to week and we’re not the only team that has trouble arresting momentum swings, but we are searching for answers and hopefully they will come.
While the result was extremely disappointing, there were some encouraging performances.
It was great to see Jack Darling continue to lead the forward line with four goals and Mark LeCras returned with a similar haul after battling a hip injury for a number of weeks. The return of Scott Lycett was also a positive, playing his first senior game of the year.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to return next week and help Jack and Lecca in the forward half.
I have been saying for a few weeks now that I expect to be back, but the calf hasn’t quite been right.
If everything goes according to plan I will be back for Sunday’s derby. I just had a couple of extra boxes to tick to satisfy the medical staff and while I was really disappointed to miss the Port game, I do understand why I was ruled out. Fingers crossed this week I am available to play against Fremantle.
Obviously it is a very important game in the context of the season.
We are sitting outside the eight at the moment and understand how much is at stake, not just this week but in every game over the next six or seven weeks.
If we are going to play finals, we will need to find our consistency and it starts with games like this one.
We will get over the disappointment of the Port performance, dissect, analyse and respond to the areas where we let ourselves down, and then prepare for the Dockers.