At every centre bounce next year Nic Naitanui wins the hitout and palms it down to Tim Kelly, who charges through the front of the centre square and hits a leading Josh Kennedy on the chest 35m from home.
The club’s all-time leading goal kicker shoots truly and the ball never enters West Coast’s defensive 50.
That’s utopia for Lewis Jetta.
But the seasoned 30-year-old knows that’s a pipe dream and that’s why he is aiming to add some more skills to his defensive arsenal ahead of season 2020.
Jetta, who described his 2019 campaign as “a good season, but not a great season”, believes he still has a lot to learn about playing in the back line.
“It was only my second year playing back line, so I’ve still got a lot to learn along with some of the other guys we’ve got down here who are pretty young,” Jetta said following the West Coast Eagles AFL Community Camp Superclinic at Dunsborough Playing Fields.
“All the little things like using my body when we’re defending one-on-one. Adjusting when the ball is coming down and when to put some body on my man so I can try and give myself a good chance to spoil it.
“It’s all little things like that I’ve still got to improve on.”
Jetta got back to work earlier than most of the club’s senior players this pre-season, joining West Coast’s first- to fourth-year Eagles on the training track a fortnight ahead of his scheduled return.
The two-time premiership player said it was hard to believe he was in the midst of his 11th summer slog.
But he was upbeat about the future and what he could produce on the field in 2020.
“I just love being at footy with my mates,” a buoyant Jetta said.
“It’s [pre-season] number 11. I didn’t notice how quick it goes. I still remember a couple of old boys saying it goes quick and I thought ‘Nah, no it doesn’t’. And then only this year I started realising, ‘Wow, it’s 11 years already’.
“I absolutely love it. The body is fine and I’m ready to go again.”