Lenzarini tips tough game

NIALL BOYLESound Telegraph

Baldivis coach Paul Lenzarini expects a war of attrition when the Brumbies face Mandurah at Rushton Park in their Peel Football League curtain-raiser.

His charges will travel to Mandurah for a night game on April 6.

Lenzarini told the Telegraph he thought the Mustangs would be tough opponents.

“Obviously, at the beginning of the year you don’t know who’s recruited who and who’s returned to play at the footy club, so usually the first couple of rounds it’s really guess and check,” he said.

“It’s about concentrating on your own performances, we’ve recruited a few and we’ve got a lot of young kids, so for the key for us is teaching them our style of play.

“Games between Baldivis and Mandurah are always close, it really doesn’t matter where the teams are on the ladder — we’re just two teams that seem to match up okay.”

Lenzarini, in particular, highlighted the incoming Mustangs coach Frank Lawler as a big influence on the season-opener.

“One thing you can guarantee, under Frank and probably his brother Bill, is they’ll be fit, physical and they’ll be ready,” he said.

“He’s a good, old-style coach without all the fanfare but he’s a terrific educator of young kids.”

After pre-season hit-outs against Kingsway and Wanneroo, next up for the Brumbies is a pre-season carnival this weekend at Warnbro.

Three other teams will take part — Rockingham, Warnbro and a Navy team — at the Warnbro Recreation Centre.

Counting down the days until competitive action begins, Lenzarini said it would be likely he would add to his batch of new recruits. Dustin Burns, Josh Pearce and Tim Radici all joined the club from West Perth.

“I won’t be recruiting blokes to the detriment of our own young kids,” he said. “We only recruit if there’s a shortfall in what we’ve already got on the park.”

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