Squad’s in good spir­its after win

North Coast Weekender - - Sport -

THERE is a good vibe at the club at the mo­ment head­ing into our penul­ti­mate bye of the sea­son.

The play­ers are work­ing hard on and off the field and it’s showed with some con­sis­tent per­for­mances leav­ing us breath­ing space in third spot.

The new fa­cil­ity, new staff and coaches, has added to the at­mos­phere.

But we’re well aware we’ve still got ground to make up against the top two sides Su­bi­aco and South Fre­man­tle.

We should have been fur­ther ahead early in the game against East Fre­man­tle at East Fre­man­tle Oval last Satur­day.

They re­mained in the con­test after half-time and got ahead of us in the third quar­ter.

Our lead­ers stood up from that point and it felt like we should have won by a lot more than 30 points, given we kicked 15.15.

The squad should be look­ing fairly healthy after the bye.

Nathan Alexan­dre and Jor­dan Mills missed the Sharks match but are ex­pected to re­turn for our next clash against Swan Dis­tricts. We ex­pect Con­nor West to re­turn from a bro­ken fin­ger but it might be an­other week.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, vet­eran Matt Guadagnin in­jured his ham­string again after a col­li­sion in the re­serves game.

It is ex­pected to be a mul­ti­ple-week re­cov­ery.

It’s a cruel blow for him be­cause he had been work­ing into form in the re­serves. He has played just one se­nior game since 2015 when he in­jured his knee and re­quired a re­con­struc­tion.

Pic­ture: Matt Beilken

Jay van Berlo.

with Bill Monaghan

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