Plenty of work to do to make fi­nals

Stirling Times - - Sport - With Josh Kennedy

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.

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