Match Preview: Uni travel to Canning

ANDREW XYDAS HAS RETURNED TO FULL FITNESS - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

ANDREW XYDAS HAS RETURNED TO FULL FITNESS - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Michael Janssen's men will be looking to make it four wins from their last five fixtures when they face last-placed Canning City in Round 17 at Burrendah Reserve.

Fresh from a bye last weekend, the boys in green hit the ground running with a strong session in wet conditions Tuesday night as they look to charge for a top four finish.

Head coach Janssen believes the bye was a rather bittersweet occurrence for his squad, with UWA having enjoyed a fruitful July.

"We were able to work over the two weeks on our mental and physically freshness," he said.

"Some players got back in the squad now and offer us a few more options for Saturday."

"However, I would rather prefer to have a game each week when you had a run like we had last month," the German added.

The last time the two sides met it was a comfortable 3-1 victory at The Mac in Round 6 back in May, but despite the result and Canning's tally of only five points so far this season, Janssen has urged his squad to enter the contest with the same vigour as with any other side in the competition.

LUKE RANDAZZO IS A WELCOME ADDITION BACK INTO THE SIDE - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

LUKE RANDAZZO IS A WELCOME ADDITION BACK INTO THE SIDE - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

"Saturday at Canning will be one of the most decisive matches for us this season," Janssen stated.

"We need to show up from the first whistle regardless the team we face. This is a process the team has to manage on the best possible level."

"Canning is dangerous if we allow them to go for it, thus the attitude we present will be very important," he insisted.

Coaches Team News:

Vice-Captain Conor Devlin will miss the away tie due to a culmination of four cautions throughout the campaign, with the attacking department is replenished as Luke Randazzo and Lloyd Prout are now back from their overseas trips.

On the injury front, the side is boosted by the return to 100% match fitness for integral midfielders Andrew Xydas and Harry Hosking. Bryce Conway will be returning to the field for his first game of the season after rupturing his ACL last year, while squad favourite Marco Warmt-Murray has also undergone a successful knee reconstruction after sustaining an ACL injury against Rockingham City in Round 10.

MATCH DETAILS:

UWANFC (6th) v Canning City (11th)
Saturday, 12th
August, 2017
Venue: Burrendah Reserve

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

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