Well its all on and i think being on at 4PM this Saturday will suit us just fine.
Weather suggests it will be dry and fast with no rain forecast all week.
The added surprise of Kenny and Sorensen being available (as reported above) means we are at 100% for the game and the spoils of winning this means we get a week off.
Its a simple strategy now for us supporters at least and doubt Ivan is putting it in these terms but 3 more games and the prize is within reach. Ivan maybe using simpler language like lets take one game at a time and play who is in front of us.
Hard not to get excited but the players i am sure will be ready for what lies ahead and what is required, this is our 4th go in the finals and am sure Ivan will be looking to change things up to remove any complacency and maintain the focus on the task ahead.
A mate of mine always says “rocks and diamonds” about Peach. He certainly offers more potential but I fear the occasional lack of discipline, be it the lazy slap across the face or ball handling error.
These are all fair points, Peachey has even said himself in an article in the Western Weekender that his performance has been inconsistent since his time at the Tigers, but my logic regarding Peachy and Salmon goes a bit further than Saturday afternoon.
Things can go sideways this week, and maybe Cogger or heaven forbid Cleary may pick up a niggling injury against the Warriors. Having Salmon at 18th man means that he will be available for this game if needed, and can fill in at 6 or 7 if the need arises.
Peachy is a strong utility player and is solid in most positions on the field, and in that same article he says he prefers the utility row (he even said he doesn’t mind at all playing in NSW Cup is that’s where he is needed).
Salmon is a good insurance policy and I agree can slot right into the bench if needed. We have hit a streak of bad luck injuries this year (sure Taylan May or Jarome Luai can attest to that). Almost every player in the squad has had some injury downtime this year with a few exceptions.
Also I would say that Peachy would be the first in line to snare that Utility spot vacated by Salmon in 2024. He has some good year left in him and from that interview he had he seems to have a new love for the game and is enjoying his footy, and I feel that is a strength our team has.
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