Consistency is key from here
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.
Megan Fardon took on some of the best croquet players in the country during the recent Eire Cup in Hobart.