Wests done with honourable losses: coach

IN RARE FORM: Yenda's Kieran Doran has scored two hat-tricks in two weeks.
IN RARE FORM: Yenda's Kieran Doran has scored two hat-tricks in two weeks.


WEST Griffith co-coach Jim Rimmer is under no illusions just how important tomorrow's clash with the Yenda Tigers is for his side's Billabong Cup finals hopes.

"We have to win this one to have any chance of getting into the top four," he said.

That's why the Magpies coaching staff is set to approach the club's committee with plans for a restructure that would see their first-grade team properly positioned for success for the first time in years.

Rimmer said West Griffith's senior operation is tired of honourable losses and has to put an end to the added burden of multiple players backing up across two or more grades on the one day.

"We want to make top four and I think we're good enough," he said.

"We have the talent and every other team talks about how technical we are, but when you're fatigued ... that can't happen anymore.

"If we're constantly on the bottom, we're not then getting the interest from sponsors and so forth. If we want to win, this is what we have to do."

The final straw came at the weekend when the Magpies faded out badly against Leeton United, twice surrendering the lead to lose 3-2 at the Platform Lounge Oval.

Rimmer said the Wests playing group knows the ladder doesn't truly reflect their ability.

"They absolutely know that we are a lot better than some of the teams that are in front of us," he said.

"After the game on Sunday, some of them said that we should have been the ones chanting - not the guys in the dressing room next door."

The Magpies will be at full strength tomorrow and Rimmer said the team has put in extra work on the training paddock, with plans drawn up to stifle the likes of Yenda's in-form striker Kieran Doran, who has scored hat-tricks in consecutive weeks, at set pieces.

"That's where we feel we've been lacking in a couple of our games, that's where a lot of the goals have come from," he said.

"I like Yenda - they're a good team, and you can't take them lightly or they tend to come back and bite you."


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