Uni entertain South West Phoenix

Michael Janssen's troops will be looking for the perfect response to last weekend's derby loss as they take on a high-flying South West Phoenix side at The Mac.

The 3-0 loss to Western Knights really stung for the entire playing group, especially due to the superb output in the first-half. The head coach and captain agreed that the match was one that many lessons can be learned from and both have been pleased with the response from the players.

"We have some things to work on across the board and we got a lesson in how quickly a game can turn," Josh Marocchi explained.

"The team already showed a great reaction in training on Tuesday and they realised why we lost the second half," Janssen added.

UWA face another challenge this weekend in a Phoenix side brimming with confidence having won three on the trot and are sitting pretty in third place (equal top with Rockingham and Dianella on 13 points).

As always, it's a challenge the passionate coach cannot wait to tackle.

"We can expect a confident side, but we will be the team to beat at The Mac," he said.

"If we can pick up our first half performance from last week and carry this through the entire game game by being resolute and clinical in front of goal then I feel we will get another home win," the German added.

Marocchi also acknowledged the impressive start the Bunbury side have had to the season following a fantastic Night Series campaign.

"They have assembled a quality side and play well within the structure their coach Mauro enjoys,

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"They have a classy striker up top and from experience, they are strong across midfield, but so are we," the captain noted.

After two wins, two draws and two losses to open the season, UWA has had a mixed start to the season, with a massive cup win over Subiaco showing just how far the club has come, however, league losses to Fremantle and Western Knights highlighted the need for patience in the second season of Janssen's five-year strategy.

"There was definitely more potential than the eight points we've picked up picked up and I'm not happy with the final results," Janssen admitted.

"But if we can keep up our good form that we continue to show, then we will reward ourselves very soon,

We must do our homework to be the team that is very tough to beat and we should not forget that the process we started last year with this young team is still going," he added.

In team news, robust full-back Max Welton came through unscathed after enjoying his first minutes of the league season following an ankle injury.

Winger Joel Martin has departed the club after six months with us and we wish him the very best for his next move.

MATCH DETAILS:

UWANFC v South West Phoenix
Saturday, 3rd June 2017

First Team: 3 PM
Reserves: 1 PM
18's: 11 AM

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