Time to farewell club stal­warts

Ellenbrook Advocate - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

AN­OTHER footy sea­son has come and gone, just like that.

Although you’re play­ing in sud­den death fi­nals at this time of the year, it still comes as a bit of a shock when the fi­nal siren sounds and you’re on the wrong end of the score.

All of your thoughts go­ing into the game are how to win it, what you need to do to ad­vance and then sud­denly it’s over. You start to think about what comes next, the blokes you will never play with again and what you might do dur­ing the off-sea­son.

When any sea­son comes to a close there are al­ways blokes who will never be part of your footy club again. Some re­tire, some are de-listed and some are traded. It’s the na­ture of the game and it’s go­ing to be a lit­tle weird in the locker room next year.

For all my ca­reer at West Coast the No.11 locker has been oc­cu­pied by Matt Prid­dis and after we lost on Satur­day night to GWS his ca­reer is over.

Along with Drew Petrie and Sam Mitchell, he had an­nounced his re­tire­ment, while Sam But­ler called an end to his ca­reer when he needed shoul­der surgery late in the year.

We will miss all of those blokes, but Pridda has been an in­sti­tu­tion at the club. Com­ing off the rookie list he fin­ishes in the top 10 in games played in West Coast his­tory, with 240 games. But it wasn’t just the num­ber of games he played, it’s what he did in them.

He was one of those blokes who gave him­self the best chance to play well just be­cause he was thor­ough in his re­cov­ery from one game and his prepa­ra­tion into the next.

Pridda has set lev­els of pro­fes­sion­al­ism for all of the young blokes to fol­low and hope­fully they do be­cause that will give them the best chance to suc­ceed and have an im­pact at elite level.

Apart from all of that Pridda is just a good, hon­est bloke. He says what he thinks and every­thing he does is mo­ti­vated by get­ting the best re­sult for the team.

We’re all go­ing to miss him in the day-to-day rou­tine.

Mitch and Drewie have been around for only a year but have been ter­rific for us. Drew is an­other who leaves noth­ing to chance in his prepa­ra­tion and set a ter­rific ex­am­ple for ev­ery­one, while Mitch will con­tinue as part of the coach­ing staff.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing way to end the year, but any­thing short of a premier­ship is al­ways dis­ap­point­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.