16 Apr Fourth-placed Blues face tight turnaround
Winchelsea coach Brendan Forssman will have a four day turnaround between his next two games when hosting Thomson this Saturday then travelling to Bannockburn for ANZAC Day.
While the Blues will still enter both games as underdogs, they will do so from fourth position on the ladder (their highest placing since 2014) thanks to their 92-point annihilation over Anakie.
“We can’t afford to focus on Bannockburn just yet, we need to look at Thomson and then we’ll assess how our boys recover after Saturday’s game,” Forssman admitted.
“Thomson is going to be really competitive and they’ve recruited well in Paul Davis, Troy Fenyvesi, Daniel Freeman and Adam Wiseman so we’ll have our work cut out for us.”
“There’s no reason we can’t go into the game with a bit of confidence and hopefully get a good result.”
Winchelsea rectified an inaccurate 8.13 (61) to 8.20 (68) defeat to Anakie last year when piling on the final nine goals this time around.
“I thought our team performance was the best since I’ve been here, and that was a four quarter performance,” he added.
“We didn’t hurt them on the scoreboard as much as we could have in the first quarter but we had the majority of the play.”
When asked if his side could now be considered a finals contender Forssman, who was recently appointed to the GDFL interleague coaching panel, remained disciplined.
“It’s never been about playing finals, just about getting better,” he revealed.
“I said that last week we were disappointed with how we finished the game but we’d be better for the run and as the year progresses we think we’ll get better and better as we go.”
“It takes time but it looks like there was a bit synergy tonight.”
Tyson Berg looms as a potential inclusion after being sidelined with a calf injury in the opening rounds.
By Alex Tigani
GDFL Media (16/04/2018)