We're now three matches into our new era at Bankwest Stadium.
We've had two matches at home and two stunning wins, with the incredible atmosphere and crowd energy certainly helping to bring the best out of the side.
And then we had a flat, dissapointing loss to bottom-of-the-table Knights.
At last week's match I watched the game from near ground level on the Western side. It was actually quite a different noise and I imagine more akin to what the players would be hearing out in the field. When you are in the midst of the crowd, alot of what you hear is 'local' ie it's all the screaming and cheering from those immediately around you. However, when you're removed somewhat from that local noise you actually hear what the whole-of-stadium environment sounds like, and it's amazing. When the crowd lifts, the energy at ground level is simply electric. It really is going to make it very difficult for any teams to beat us at home, because you're going to get a peak energy performance nearly every time we play there.
However, I also wonder as the players get a little bit accustomed to feeding off that atmosphere, how that will affect their away game performances when they don't have it. It's all very well to say that they're professional sports people and they should always have that drive and motivation to give 100 per cent, but the reality is that more often than not, the team that finds the most energy and motivation win the majority of sporting contests and I think there is a real danger that without our Bankwest advantage, this team is really going to have to find its own away game head space, so those games don't seem flat.