Glory turn up the heat

It won’t just be the West Australian weather putting the heat on Melbourne Victory this Sunday at Members Equity Stadium with Perth Glory Coach Dave Mitchell determined to see off the club’s final home game of the season in style.

It won-t just be the West Australian weather putting the heat on Melbourne Victory this Sunday at Members Equity Stadium with Perth Glory Coach Dave Mitchell determined to see off the club-s final home game of the season in style.

Glory members and supporters have been treated to some riveting football this season with Perth taking points in seven of their nine matches at home.

Following a short break over the New Year Mitchell said the players have returned to training hungry to make this match one to remember.

“It was fantastic to have such a big crowd at our last home game on Boxing Day and we-d love to see everyone here again for this game and back the boys for a win,” Mitchell said.

“Melbourne is one of the competition-s top teams and it-s our last home game so there is plenty of motivation for this game.

“We definitely want to put in a good performance, get the three points and send our fans home with smiles on their faces,” said Mitchell.

With temperatures in WA hovering in the mid to high 30-s throughout the week, the Glory have made a few adjustments to training to ensure everyone is fresh for Sunday-s clash.

“We-ve trained a bit earlier in the day to avoid the real intense heat and that has helped with the recovery,” Mitchell said.

“The sessions have been a bit shorter than normal but still very sprightly and everyone is putting the work in to prepare to our best for this game.”

Players and coaches will take time on Wednesday (7 January 2009) to meet with junior members who have been invited to watch training and then interact with the squad and grab autographs.

“It-s great to be able to have the kids come down and see what we do at training and then get them involved in some games and skill sessions with the players,” Mitchell said.

“There are some very talented young players amongst our junior supporters and one day some of them could be pulling on a Glory top in the Hyundai A-League or the Westfield W-League,” he added.

The Junior Members ‘Meet the Players Day- will commence at 11.00am with a sausage sizzle, games and activities running through until 12.30pm at the club-s training ground on Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove (Canning Hwy, corner of Dunkley Avenue).