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Claremont on the rollercoaster
Michael Broadbridge.

Michael Broadbridge is fast learning the rollercoaster ride that is the lot of a WAFL league coach.

Seven days after Claremont were thrashed by Perth in his first game in control, Broadbridge could savour the spoils of victory after his team produced a remarkable turnaround to beat 2013 premiers West Perth at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

Broadbridge said the players had responded after a poor first-up effort in their 10.10 (70) to 8.10 (58) victory.

"The great thing about footy is that you do get an opportunity seven days later to make amends," Broadbridge said.

"There have been so many examples of teams that have performed poorly and then responded with a great result.

"The key for us was to make sure that game was a one-off and play with increased determination and passion the next week."

No stone was left unturned in a bid to turn the fortunes around.

"No one was missed, including the coaches and myself," Broadbridge said. "We went through it in fine detail. There was no sugar coating, it was about honesty and improved effort and performance."

Midfielders Luke Blackwell, Jake Murphy, Ryan Neates and Matt Orzel played crucial roles, as did defenders Tom Ledger and Brandon Franz, tagger Mathew Aitchison and forward Andrew Foster.

Blackwell, Murphy, Ledger, Neates and Orzel had 138 possessions between them, Franz and Ledger gave little away down back, Foster kicked three telling goals and former Swan Districts player Aitchison restricted the influence of leading midfielder Matt Guadagnin.

But the form of young players who will be future of the club was also significant. Teenage big man Darcy Cameron impressed with 49 hit-outs against premiership ruckman Chris Keunen in his third league game, while Brenden Abbott showed encouraging signs on debut.

It was West Perth's second loss in as many games this season and their premiership defence doesn't get any easier with a home match against improvers Perth next Saturday.

Coach Bill Monaghan said his side had some work to do after losses against East Fremantle and the Tigers.

"We've got to find a way to maintain possession and kick a winning score," Monaghan said.

In pleasing news for Falcons fans, prized recruit Andrew Krakouer played three quarters in the reserves.

The West Australian

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