West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey has branded the club’s JLT Series performance against Fremantle on the weekend as “shocking” following their 62-point loss.
The Eagles were in the game at quarter time, but the Dockers kicked 12 goals to three from there on.
“It definitely stung. Not so much the scoreboard, in preseason games it isn’t the main thing we look at, but the way we played wasn’t up to scratch,” Shuey told Sportsday WA.
“It wasn’t pretty, was it. It was shocking actually.
“Hopefully it’s a blessing in disguise two weeks out from round one to get a bit of a touch up.”
Fremantle’s midfield trio of Nathan Fyfe, Lachie Neale and David Mundy combined for 87 disposals and four goals and Shuey likes what the Dockers are showing.
“They were very good, I think there’s been a lot of talk about the Fremantle rebuild over the last couple of years and they seem to have done a pretty good job,” Shuey said.
“From first-hand experience I think they’re going to have a pretty good year.”
Despite the loss, Shuey said the club is still in a good position heading into round one.
“On the other side of things, we had a pretty good day against Port Adelaide and got the job done in that regard so we’re not at panic stations just yet,” he said.
“In two weeks time we’re up against another really good midfield in Sydney and that’ll be another great test and we’ll hopefully put that behind us quick and hopefully show up for round one in a little bit better nick.”
One person the Eagles will be hoping takes the field against the Swans is ruckman Nic Naitanui and Shuey saw his return to footy first hand on the weekend.
“I did watch him down at East Perth, he said he reckoned East Perth was going to get more crowd than what we did yesterday so he was pretty happy with himself,” Shuey said.
“It was a great sight for the footy club and all our fans.”