Match Preview: UWA head to Rockingham

BRANDON NAUDE WAS EXCEPTIONAL IN LAST WEEK'S 4-2 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

BRANDON NAUDE WAS EXCEPTIONAL IN LAST WEEK'S 4-2 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

In the penultimate round of the 2017 season, uni travel south-west to Rockingham where they take on the 8th placed side at Lark Hill.

Last week saw the boys in green take maximum points in an entertaining 4-2 encounter at The Mac, with skipper Josh Marocchi and coach Michael Janssen pleased with the outcome. 

"We knocked the ball around nicely for large spells, but unfortunately we missed a few chances to really kill the game off and gave away some clear cut opportunities to the opposition, but overall happy with the win," Marocchi said.

"We did not allow Gosnells any clear chance, just set pieces challenged us during the game. We controlled the match over 90 minutes," Janssen added.

DEVLIN'S BRACE WASN'T ENOUNG LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ROCKINGHAM - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

DEVLIN'S BRACE WASN'T ENOUNG LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ROCKINGHAM - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

The performance of Mordecai Junior was particularly pleasing for the head coach, with the young winger opening the scoring and assisting the third goal for Tim Robertson.

Junior has really started to excel and when he is on the ball the opposition players really dislike having to try and defend him. If he continues to work on his crossing and final balls he will be an exceptional player for us in the future,” the German stated.

Last time these two sides met it was a disappointing 3-2 loss to Rockingham despite Conor Devlin's brace in one of the side's more forgettable performances this term.

"They have some quality players in midfield so I hope we have learnt from our mistakes last time out and will be ready to make amends," the captain said.

"They like to disrupt the play, not let you settle and get stuck into challenges. We will really need to work together and support one another to come away with the result on Saturday."

It's sure to be another fiery encounter this weekend, with plenty still at stake for the travelling side who sit six points off 2nd and two points clear of nearest rivals Fremantle City.

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In team news, uni receives a boost in the midfield stocks with the tireless Andrew Xydas returning from his Greek pilgrimage. However, the side will be without the ever-influential Robertson for the remaining two matches, as the utility has accumulated eight yellow cards this season.

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