Derby of­fers a chance to re­bound

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - with Josh Kennedy

ex­actly the same from one week to the next.

When we played Hawthorn at the MCG last Sun­day, we knew what to ex­pect. The Hawks had lost their first four games and were scru­ti­nised in­tensely, es­pe­cially in the Mel­bourne me­dia.

We knew they would re­spond and an­tic­i­pated they would bring their A-game.

An­tic­i­pat­ing what the op­po­si­tion will bring and deal­ing with it are two dif­fer­ent things and we didn’t match the in­ten­sity or pol­ish of the Hawks.

Their form at the start of the sea­son was dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand be­cause they were much bet­ter than how they played in the first four rounds.

Un­for­tu­nately for us they snapped back to their best against us.

It’s hard to ex­plain ex­actly where it all went wrong, but we’ll con­duct the usual re­view and try to pin­point a cou­ple of key ar­eas.

We cer­tainly didn’t un­der­es­ti­mate Hawthorn, but it was a tough day at the of­fice and we need to pro­duce a re­sponse of our own this week­end in the derby against Fre­man­tle.

These games are also big oc­ca­sions and we’ll look to step it up a notch or two.

There’s a bit rid­ing on it with both clubs sit­ting at three wins and two losses af­ter the first five rounds. It’s our home game, so it will be great to get back in front of our fans at Su­bi­aco Oval and pro­duce a much bet­ter ef­fort than we did against Hawthorn. IN an ideal world, a per­for­mance graph for a football team is a straight line with no peaks and troughs; just one con­sis­tent level.

Un­for­tu­nately, that’s rarely the case, par­tic­u­larly with all the vari­ables thrown in dur­ing an AFL sea­son.

There are travel fac­tors, home ground ad­van­tage and the qual­ity of the op­po­si­tion, which en­sure noth­ing is ever

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