Ea­gles leg­ends show can-do spirit

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - With Josh Kennedy

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.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles. Jeremy Mc­Gov­ern

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