Port win sets standard for season
IT’S amazing how much more enjoyable a flight home to Perth can be after a win.
Obviously some victories are more satisfying than others, particularly when the quality of the opposition is taken into account. For the last couple of seasons, Port Adelaide has been one of the best teams in the competition and were just one kick away from a spot in last year’s grand final.
We respect what they have achieved in that time, so it was satisfying to withstand the pressure of a big game at Adelaide Oval in front of a hostile crowd and leave with four valuable premiership points.
We might have surprised a few people with that performance, but we didn’t surprise ourselves. We went in with genuine belief in our ability to win the game.
We showed a week earlier against GWS that when we apply our pressure and intensity, we can play at a very high level and we are aiming to take that into every game.
Against Port, we had every player contributing in their various roles.
When playing in games of that nature – tight, hard, physical contests – there are always big moments in the game and we were probably a little better in those match-defining moments.
Our backline continues to stand tall despite the absence of Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown, and they were outstanding.
Again our young guys stood up, but in the midfield, Mark LeCras, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey and Chris Masten were great.
We’ve been building the last couple weeks and will continue to aim for that level on a consistent basis for the rest of the year. THE West Coast Eagles squad split into groups and visited junior clubs allocated to the nine WAFL club’s zones last week, taking part in football clinics and Q&A sessions across the metropolitan area.
Captain Shannon Hurn, Mark LcCras, Scott Lycett and Pat McGinnity were at Wembley Junior Football Club, while Sharrod Wellingham, Kane Lucas, Callum Sinclair and Brad Sheppard ventured to Bullcreek Leeming.
At the Carine Junior Football Club, a part of the Subiaco Lions District, Eagles stars Matt Priddis, Scott Selwood and Luke Shuey took part in the training session, with everyone thoroughly enjoying the session.
For Priddis, a Subiaco product, it was great to return to where it all began.
“I remember playing at this ground (playing for SorrentoDuncraig) when I was younger,” he said.
“This is where it all started for me, so to come back is always fantastic.”
Selwood, who is working his way back to full fitness after an ankle injury, said the clinics were a great way to develop footy in WA, as well as making some children’s days.
“When I was younger, AFL players coming to our footy club was something you never forget,” he said.
“So to come here and take them through some drills, and just answer any questions they have is great.
“They were really great kids to spend time with and we can’t wait to come back again soon.”
Other Eagles players out and about included rising star Jeremy McGovern (Armadale), Luke Shuey (Edgewater-Woodvale), Elliott Yeo (Rockingham), Chris Masten (Gosnells), Matt Rosa (Mt Lawley, Inglewood) and Nic Naitanui (Kalamunda).
At Carine, the Eagles players watched over some of the drills implemented by the coach of the 10-year-olds and they reported there was some exciting talent on display.
With parents and siblings watching on, there was a strong contingent at the club’s facility at Carine Open Space. The youngsters gained some valuable first-hand insights into developing their skills as they aim to live their own dreams of a future at the elite level.
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