Eagles legends show can-do spirit
EVERY year in the AFL, there is a turnover of players at each club.
It’s part of the cycle, with some guys retiring, others looking for opportunities at other clubs and some not quite living out their AFL dream.
Over the past few years, West Coast has gone through a bit of a transition and along with a few other senior players, I have watched the young draftees come into the club and been impressed.
That next generation has invigorated the group and you might have heard the coaches and senior players talking about the excitement around the club this year.
Guys like Fraser McInnes and Jeremy McGovern have been around for a few years now but have been important for us. Gov started on the rookie list but was elevated to the senior list last year and is quickly becoming a fan favourite.
His performances this year have been really important, particularly with Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown suffering long-term knee injuries.
Then there are others like Liam Duggan, Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed, Jackson Nelson and Tom Lamb who have come to the club in the past two years.
Yeo came to us from Brisbane and has shown in the past couple of weeks when playing through the midfield that he could be an important player for a long time. Duggo, Jacko and Lamby have come in through the draft last year and could not have been more impressive.
We really believe we are building towards something special and hopefully the fans will see more of them in the rest of this year. THE compassionate side of the West Coast Eagles’ past players will again be at the fore when they put their collective weight behind an appeal to help Perth’s needy.
The OWLS (Older, Wiser, Larger, Slower) will use the club’s next home game against Gold Coast Suns to encourage fans to donate tins of food for Cans For A Cause, which aids Foodbank WA.
Cans for a Cause is an offshoot of the Coats for a Cause program, engineered by dual premiership midfielder Don Pyke and his wife Jodie.
West Coast legend John Worsfold and a string of other past players will accept donations outside gates 8, 10, 19 and 26 on game day, May 16.
People not attending the match can visit the Foodbank website or drop their donation into the club during normal business hours.
Pyke, a current assistant coach, has been at the forefront of this program for the past four years. Each year he gets on the phone and drums up support from past players.
“It’s a shout out to the guys to get involved,” Pyke said.
“Woosha is going to be involved and so are a few of my teammates from the ’90s, but we will have generations of past players engaged on the day.”
Worsfold said past players were always keen to give something back.
“It is nice to be able to contribute in a small way, to help out good causes,” he said.
“It’s awesome to be involved and to have so many premiership players involved. Obviously they are a big part of club history, but we always acknowledge we got a lot out of the club and every opportunity we have to give back to the club, we will be part of it.”
Foodbank chief executive Greg Hebble was hopeful the appeal would be as successful as last year when 6.5 tonnes of cans, equating to 8700 meals, were donated by Eagles fans.
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