Con­sis­tency is key from here

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds - FOR­WARD THINK­ING

with Josh Kennedy

THE ri­valry in WA al­ways makes it in­ter­est­ing in derby week and it’s al­ways sat­is­fy­ing to win them.

We know how much it means to the fans who are so pas­sion­ate about the game and the level of sup­port seems to go up a cou­ple of deci­bels when it’s our home game.

Last Sat­ur­day night, when we man­aged to get over the line against Fremantle, that sup­port was re­ally ev­i­dent and we know that a lot of our fans would have en­joyed the of­fice ban­ter this week.

A a team, it was im­por­tant to re­spond af­ter a poor per­for­mance against Hawthorn, but we have to con­tinue to build on our con­sis­tency.

We need to play at that high in­ten­sity re­gard­less of where the game is played and that will be the chal­lenge for the rest of the year.

Pretty soon af­ter the Fremantle win, you au­to­mat­i­cally switch your at­ten­tion to the next game and be­cause we fly to Ade­laide on Thurs­day you can’t get stuck in re­flec­tion for too long.

Hav­ing said that, there were a cou­ple of very sat­is­fy­ing el­e­ments in the derby win.

With­out dwelling on in­di­vid­u­als too much, there were three or four guys who de­serve spe­cial men­tions.

Ruck­men Jonathan Giles and Nathan Vardy did a great a great job against Aaron Sandi­lands, who was cel­e­brat­ing his 250th game. It’s the tough­est ruck match-up in the game and they were very im­por­tant to us.

It would be re­miss of me to not men­tion the out­stand­ing per­for­mance of Aaron in play­ing his 250th game. We are great ri­vals dur­ing the game, but he has en­joyed an out­stand­ing ca­reer and I have great re­spect for him as a player and per­son.

For Vards to con­tinue af­ter hy­per-ex­tend­ing his el­bow in the first quar­ter was ex­cep­tional and al­lowed us to main­tain our struc­ture and ro­ta­tions, which was im­por­tant.

Then down back, there was Jeremy Mcgovern and El­liot Yeo. If Vards had not been able to con­tinue, maybe we would have been forced to throw things around and Gov might have been for­ward and in the ruck. He can cer­tainly play that role, as we have seen in other games this year, but he and Yeo took 27 marks be­tween them down back.

As men­tioned the next chal­lenge is Port Ade­laide, who are fly­ing at the mo­ment, and we look for­ward to test­ing our­selves at Ade­laide Oval.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d468470

Me­gan Far­don took on some of the best croquet play­ers in the coun­try dur­ing the re­cent Eire Cup in Ho­bart.

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