Bulldogs searching for mojo and commitment after Goodna loss
WEST End remains in search of their mojo following Friday's 32-22 IRL A-grade loss to Goodna on Friday.
Heading into the clash at Goodna it was West End coming of a win and Goodna coming off a loss.
But it was typical of this season's A-grade competition that form meant nothing.
West End led 12-10 at half-time but an aerial bombardment after the break gave Goodna a match-winning lead.
"There wasn't much in it," Bulldogs forward Dale Lewis said.
"Straight after half-time we dropped three bombs and they scored off them and that was the end.
"But it was a nice, clean, hard, tough game."
Both teams have struggled for consistency this season, unable to maintain winning form.
Lewis believes the problem could be overcome if commitment to training at Basin Pocket improves.
"We can only blame ourselves because we're not putting in the effort at training at the moment," he said.
"Hopefully things are going to change.
"Randall (Bulldogs coach Randall Wilson) made a speech after the game to that effect because we've got the team to win it, but if you're not training you won't be there at the end of the season."
West End will also be lifted by the return of several key players.
Shane Gibson returns from suspension when the Bulldogs meet the Eagles again on Sunday, this time at Basin Pocket.
He will probably be joined by Vinny Stephan, who sat out Friday's game following a concussion, and Brooke Alofipo following a hand injury.
Lionel Foote (suspended) and Fili Notoa (injured) will return soon after.
"We can only hope," Lewis said when asked if their return would spark the Dogs into life.
"We're confident. The Fassifern game was our big wake up.
"You could tell before the game that was going to happen (losing 62-6).
"You could just feel a bad vibe.
"There was no mojo."
If the Bulldogs can rediscover their mojo, Lewis believes they can start putting consistent wins together.
"There's not much in the competition at the moment," he said. "If you're not on you're going to get beaten."