Shannon obviously a big week, I imagine you saw Freo yesterday they were pretty impressive weren‚Äôt they?
Yes I watched bits of them yesterday and they certainly played quite good footy. They play consistent footy over the period of the game and their first two games this year have been quite impressive.
Are they better than last year do you think?
It‚Äôs always really hard to tell this early in the year, but it certainly looks like they‚Äôve improved. But everyone tries to improve every year; they are one of the clubs that has improved this year.
Is it a bit scary coming up against their midfield? Fyfe yesterday, Mundy had 39 touches‚Ä¶
It‚Äôs just going to be a great challenge. They did, they certainly played well and their best players play well, that‚Äôs why they‚Äôre such a good side. I certainly think we can handle that; it‚Äôll be a good challenge as I said before, their contested ball is excellent. So we want to play against good teams and see how we go and it‚Äôs something we‚Äôll look forward to this week.
Does your recent record against Freo frustrate the players a little bit?
Every team we play we want to win. So certainly I suppose for the fans they enjoy the bragging rights for the year, but it doesn‚Äôt frustrate us. We go out to win every game regardless of who it is, it‚Äôs just the fact that Fremantle have been a good side the past few years, and we just haven‚Äôt been able to match it with them for the whole game.
You talk about being well equipped to deal with their pressure- what do you think is different that makes you better equipped than in the past?
I just think over the years players have matured more, our pre-season has been quite good, but we understand about the game. Everyone that‚Äôs practised and practised over this year has been about contested ball, how you use it, your decision making and I think every team does that. Wee been fortunate enough to face the Western Bulldogs, and certainly Carlton were good there for a period, I think we can handle it.
How did you guys recover from Friday night? Simon (Tunbridge) has a slight ankle tweak how‚Äôs he going?
We‚Äôll have to see how it goes on the weekend, but I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs great. I think it‚Äôs just going to be a rolled ankle hopefully, but it‚Äôll tell how we go back to the club today.
How‚Äôs Scotty (Selwood) going?
His ankle is just a bit sore, pulled up from the Bulldogs game. He‚Äôll be monitored this week and hopefully get up, if not, hopefully it‚Äôs only a couple of weeks after that.
Any other concerns?
No there‚Äôs not.
Matty Rosa was brilliant against Juddy on the weekend, Freo‚Äôs midfield yesterday were amazing can you see him getting another role this weekend?
Possibly, as I said before Fyfe, Mundy, Barlow, Hill are all good players, then they have other players that can pop up and do a good job. There will be a player we‚Äôll probably put time into, who that‚Äôll be we‚Äôll find out later this week.
You said they‚Äôre so consistent and so well structured- do you almost need to throw a curve ball in there to catch them off-guard?
No, see I don‚Äôt think you need to play tricks, I don‚Äôt think tricks really win you games and certainly finals they don‚Äôt win. We‚Äôll be about what we‚Äôve done last year, what we‚Äôve worked on this pre-season and the first two games which is about playing four quarters of consistent effort. Trying to get the ball going our way and using it, and then making the most of your opportunities.
Seems like they‚Äôve given you a bit of extra attention in the last couple of derbies, are you expecting the same?
Look mate, it‚Äôs something you always take into consideration when you go into the game. Whether or not they do, it‚Äôs not really an issue, we‚Äôll prepare either way. But they‚Äôre such a good forward line, and they work really well together as a team, I don‚Äôt think they need to do that too much.
Because you‚Äôre not getting a hard tag every week, is it hard to adjust when you do?
It‚Äôs just learning to adapt, it‚Äôs just learning to adapt in the game. Different sides go man-on-man, zones, so as a team you have to adapt and as an individual you have to adapt. So that‚Äôs something I‚Äôve been working on for the past few years.
Josh Kennedy been up and about the last couple of days after his big haul?
He‚Äôs been quite excited. It‚Äôs obviously pleasing, it just shows his work rate and he gets that reward. It‚Äôs what we keep trying to mention to everyone in the team, especially the forwards, you keep working. So ‚ÄėCrippsy‚Äô (Jamie Cripps) kicked five the week before, just from hard work, so the harder you work the luckier you do get. It‚Äôs just been lucky for Josh he got on the end of 10 on the weekend.
Nic‚Äôs (Naitanui) form has been very, very good in the first two weeks- how important is his match up with him and Sandilands on the weekend?
Midfield matchups, doesn‚Äôt matter what competition you‚Äôre in playing country or AFL, they‚Äôre always important. Rucks can give you the first look at it; we know Sandilands is such a dominant player with his hit-outs, but I think Nic and Scotty Lycett have been going quite well the last couple of weeks. We‚Äôll look for them to continue to compete, as long as they do that they‚Äôll be in with a good chance.
Sandilands dominates most people, but Nic‚Äôs leaping ability means he‚Äôs one of the players who can actually get up there and compete with him?
Certainly he can, everyone has their different strengths and they play to them, and Nic‚Äôs is jumping. So if he can get in a bit of a jump, hopefully he can get up there and reach that high as Aaron (Sandilands) can, we‚Äôll look at that. We might have to read his taps, but also keep working together for what Nic does.