Old ri­vals will be revved up

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - FOR­WARD THINK­ING

with Josh Kennedy

THE first three rounds of the sea­son have again high­lighted how tough – and even – things are in the AFL.

While a lot of the so-called ex­perts sug­gest there have been sev­eral big up­sets in the early part of the year, it’s be­com­ing more and more ev­i­dent that any team can beat any other on a par­tic­u­lar day. There is no such thing as an up­set.

Cer­tainly that’s our at­ti­tude as we pre­pare for each game. We plan for the op­po­si­tion to be at their best, ana­lyse their strengths and plot to play to our own brand of foot­ball.

Last week against Rich­mond, we knew it was go­ing to be a tough game. The Tigers also went into the game hav­ing won their first two games, their mid­field num­bers were pretty high in those open­ing cou­ple of rounds and they boast great tal­ent at either end of the ground.

We were not sur­prised by the way they played, but thought we would still be able to get the job done. Un­for­tu­nately, that was not the case and the Tigers kept their un­beaten record in­tact and we must now look at ways to im­prove.

This week we start the Easter round by play­ing Syd­ney at Su­bi­aco oval on Thurs­day night.

That’s go­ing to be pretty ex­cit­ing and we are cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to it.

Af­ter a loss you’re al­ways keen to re­deem your­self as quickly as pos­si­ble and with a five-day break be­tween the Rich­mond and Syd­ney game we do get that chance very rapidly.

Syd­ney will come to Perth look­ing for their first win of the sea­son, but hav­ing lost their first three games is not a real in­di­ca­tion of their tal­ent.

We ex­pect they will be ex­tremely tough to beat, but we will be hop­ing to find a way.

The Swans will un­doubt­edly come with their trade­mark game plan. They will be tough around the con­tested ball, have some gen­uine fire­power and class up for­ward where Buddy Franklin is the big fo­cus but by no means a solo act.

They play a dis­ci­plined de­fen­sive game and it’s go­ing to be a great chal­lenge.

Our home crowd helped to get us over the line against St Kilda a cou­ple of weeks ago, so we will be look­ing for them to be loud and sup­port­ive again on Thurs­day night.

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