Plapp puts onus on leaders to right Dockers' ship
By: JAMES BRESNEHAN
Plapp has taken aside club leaders Brad Davis, Clinton Brown, Kade Munday and Luke Shackleton to implore them to find their best form.
``Four or five of our leaders were very poor last week,'' Plapp said yesterday.
``I've challenged them, and even myself, to do much better this week because realistically this could be the last game we play this year.
``What I do know about these players is they have never played two bad games in a row, that's one positive thing we can take out of last week.
These guys are professionals and they won't put in two shockers in a row.
The Burnie coach is 100 per cent confident his side can fight its way out of last week's form slump.
``The team that we've got is a quality group and they are man enough to admit they were poor against Glenorchy,'' Plapp said.
``I guarantee what happened last week will not happen again this week.
``We play our best football when we have a challenge onboard.''
Plapp said the heavy loss has shocked the Dockers into a positive response.
``The blokes were not as committed as what they should have been last week and they have taken full responsibility for it,'' he said.
``It won't happen again and it might have put Clarence into a false sense of security.''
Plapp will find out today whether Burnie's club doctor will clear teenager Luke Russell to play tomorrow.
Russell was felled twice in the match against Glenorchy.
In the first quarter, he was knocked down by Magpie skipper Shane Piuselli, who was reported by two field umpires and copped a one-match suspension for striking, which Glenorchy is appealing.
In the third quarter Russell was felled in a collision with backman Shayne Moles.
Charges against Moles were dismissed by the tribunal.
Russell had concussion and sore neck, but Plapp was yesterday confident the youngster, who was named on a wing, would be fit to play.