Uni returns to The Mac this weekend against Fremantle City after last week’s match-up was cancelled due to the extreme weather rendering Dianella’s pitch unplayable according to the referee.
The last minute cancellation was hard on the players Head Coach Michael Janssen explained, as both teams had already conducted their warm-up and were mentally ready to hit the field for what was an important clash.
“If you prepare the team and yourself for a match and you see each player is ready and highly motivated for the game despite the conditions, then it is a bit disappointing,” he said.
“But we have to accept the officials decision and that is fine even when both teams wanted the game to go ahead,” Janssen added.
UWA now switch their focus on avenging their frustrating early season defeat to Fremantle City this Saturday, with skipper Josh Marocchi insisting his side has improved significantly since the loss.
“On that particular day we couldn’t seem to pick ourselves up,” he said.
“Many players had an off day, however, I feel now with experience we have more players who can lift their efforts and quality to get the rest of the team firing,
“We now have a number of players contributing across the board, so I can say our depth is better with young players getting their opportunity through the first part of the season,” the centre-half noted.
Marocchi insists the boys have stepped up their intensity at training following the Joondalup win, as the young side looks to enter the top 4 with a win over Fremantle this weekend, a side fresh from a bye.
“I think a few weeks back we lost a bit of the fun amongst the team and we started worrying too much about factors out of our control,” the defender said.
“In our win against Joondalup and at training last week I saw the hunger and determination back and I can tell you we are really looking forward to taking on City and the second half of the season,” he added.
Janssen and Marocchi have been encouraged by the healthy competition amongst the squad and are confident heading into Saturday’s tie.
“We know what type of football we have to expect from Fremantle, so we will be prepared to put our mark on the game,” the coach said.
“I think the key to grabbing all three points will be to push Fremantle back, making them defend for extended periods and really take control of the possession, which I know we are more than capable of,” Marocchi added.
With a flurry of injuries hitting the squad recently, the referee’s decision last Saturday may help to prove beneficial for Janssen’s troops, with the likes of Robbie Black, Andrew Xydas (hamstring) and Max Welton (ankle) all given another week to get themselves fit and primed to return to the pitch.
UWA v Fremantle City
Saturday, 7th July, 2017
UWA Sports Park, McGillivray Oval
First Team: 3 PM
Reserves: 1 PM
18’s: 11 AM