Pressure key to Round 1 clash says Illman

  

Williamstown assistant coach Clay Illman says the club's Round 1 opponents in Casey will be a big challenge come Easter Monday.

 

But after a strong off-season, Illman believes the group has what it takes to turnaround the result from the preliminary final loss the club suffered last year.

 

"We know Casey play a highly skilled brand of foot," said Illman.

 

"We feel if we can apply a consistent level of pressure across the match we'll give ourselves every chance of a positive result come the final siren."

 

With a whole off-season to stew over the 2016 finals exit, the Seagulls hit the track hard during the pre-season with a new fitness regime, which has provided positive results so far.

 

Coupled with the addition of many exciting new recruits, Illman believes the club is in a great position heading into the 2017 VFL season.

 

"The players are as excited as I've seen them in my time at the club," said Illman.

 

"The inclusion of a number of big name recruits and the increased level of fitness throughout the group has the list in a really good spot for the upcoming season."

 

"There have been a number of positive developments to the game plan which should make for a more exciting brand of football."

 

As is generally the case in playing aligned VFL sides in the early stages of the season, Casey's lineup is set to feature many AFL listed Demons.

 

Despite this, Illman feels the Seagulls have the players on the park to combat this, relishing the challenge of once again taking on some of young talent that Melbourne has to offer.

 

"Casey's forward line boasts the likes of Ben Kennedy, Jay Kennedy-Harris and Sam Weideman so they loom as dangerous targets," said Illman.

 

"But as I mentioned, if we can apply that consistent pressure for the entire match, we feel we have the personnel in the group to get the job done on an individual level, which will hopefully lead to combining with team success come the end of the day."  

 

   

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