Colts Corner with Beau Wardman | Round 13

SFC catch up with colts head coach Beau Wardman after the Lions frustrating loss to the East Perth football club. The colts are 6-6 and precariously perched at 5th on the ladder but have plenty to look forward to. 
Q: Tough loss at the weekend. The scoreboard would suggest you were always in with a sniff of a comeback, but the reality seemed to be that the boys were just a little bit off for most of the game?
It was an important game in the context of the season and to be in the game and not capitalise on some opportunities was disappointing.  At certain times we panicked under strong pressure from East Perth which limited our fluency in ball movement. Our pressure acts and attack at the contest was a bit off.  
Q: Is one of the great coaching moments/teaching lessons to come from this game that if you are just that 5-10% off, no matter what level of footy you play you will get beaten?
You have to always bring strong effort and an appetite for the contest. At times this was exposed. Unfortunately we didn’t stick to our plans for long enough, but credit to East Perth, they were prepared to compete all game and played well to position and executed their skills well. We will learn from this and be better.
Q: I guess the alarming and damning stat from Saturday is only 25 inside 50 entries; hard to win games of footy without the forward 50 entries, how do you go about rectifying this following the bye?
Our defence stood up really well. Our captain Liam Connolly toiled well down back. There were opportunities for us to score a bit more, even with so few entries, however East Perth worked harder to out-number, particularly in their back half which limited our ability to penetrate. We will continue to learn and understand our ball movement and patterns to open up our scoring opportunities. There were some positive signs from Che Wyatt and Christian Martin up forward, both will be good senior footballers in the coming years.
Q: On the other side, perhaps the most positive stat from the game was you won the tackle count by a wide margin 67-46, do you look at this as a good sign of endeavour or is it perhaps testament to the way the game went with East Perth having more control of the ball?
Knowing where the colts team has been in recent years we want to be really strong and disciplined with our defensive pressure. We won the tackle count, we missed some critical ones as well. The endeavour of the group is always there, however we want to be more than that, we want to be Ruthless to win the ball and to pressure up.
Q: Positively another two debutants on Saturday, Caleb McKenna and Chris Wells; both seemed to hold their own and when you consider Caleb is still only 16 speaks to the talent that always comes through the colts program each year?
We have provided opportunities to a number of players this year which is what colts football is all about – testing yourself at the next level. Caleb has had to work really hard at training, his attention to learning and his character is first-class and will no doubt be a leader in the club in the years to come. He battled strongly against bigger opponents. Chris has also worked hard for his opportunity and the experience should be great learning for both players, and hopefully provide incentive to aim-up at training for further opportunities.
Q: Individually seemed a positive sign that Max Dennis bounced back from a quiet week previous with a good gameSaturday and Thomas Edwards-Baldwin backed up a good performance in round 12 with another good one in round 13?
Max and Tom have shouldered a heavy workload in recent weeks with a number of players unavailable due to injury, exams and state selections. Max and Tom will both be really good senior players in 2018 and they are leading well on the field now. As players start to return there will be pressure on positions which is healthy and hopefully the players will continue to embrace the challenges.
Q: Bye week this week, do the boys have any time off, or is it business as usual preparing for what should be a crunch game with West Perth in two weeks?
We will have our review and skills session on Monday and then the Past Players are hosting the annual Colts Quiz Night on Wednesday at the club which the group along with parents, friends and supporters will get along to. We will then have a main training session on Thursday before the weekend off – all going well. The boys have come off a big block and it is a long season, we want to be fresh and prepared for the challenge over the next 6-8 weeks and continue to improve.   
Q: West Perth pipped you by 5 points back in Round 3, no doubt the boys are keen to return the favour back up at Joondalup next week?
West Perth have been in some good form in recent weeks and will be a massive challenge – one I think we are ready for.  Can I also once again make special mention of our wonderful sponsors and award winners for last weekend. Thanks and congratulations to Ladies Forum Player of the Month – Liam Hickmott; Paul Harris Award – Kyle Stainsby; AE Hoskins Award – Dwayne Smith.


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