Chris Janz and Ethan Schultz fight for possession.
Chris Janz and Ethan Schultz fight for possession. Callum Dick

Carroll calls on young guns

Football: Wests central midfielder Thomas Carroll preferred to take a broad brush strokes approach to Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Nanango Panthers.

With both sides missing key starters, the first 10 minutes of the contest proved an even battle through the middle of the park.

But where Wests faltered in the final third the Panthers were deadly, and by the half-hour mark already held a 2-0 advantage.

Despite the unsightly scoreline, Carroll was pragmatic in his review of Wests' performance.

"We had several players missing and a number of boys backing up from second division - both sides had to reshuffle, and unfortunately Nanango reshuffled better than we did,” Carroll said.

"Nanango are very good at breaking quickly and they capitalise on those little mistakes, especially in the attacking half. They certainly don't miss to many opportunities.

"I think fatigue had a bit to answer for on the weekend, there were a few moments where we panicked a bit. There were a number of times where if we'd taken a few seconds to take a touch instead of playing a pass, we might have done better.

"But that's an experience thing, the more these boys play the more naturally that calmness will come.”

Carroll felt the combination of veteran experience and youthful exuberance would hold Wests in good stead for seasons to come.

"Caleb Jenkins, Mitch Hunter, Ethan Schultz - all the young boys this year have stood up,” Carroll said.

"They've been forced into first division and done well. I think if we can keep that core group together, and they are comfortable in themselves and have that self-confidence, they could be very dangerous.”

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