Consistency the key after big win
AFTER the win against Gold Coast last Saturday night, West Coast coach Adam Simpson said he was proud of the boys.
Just as proud as he had been a week earlier against Port Adelaide when we won a big game at Adelaide Oval.
A lot of supporters might be a little bit confused by that but it was about backing up after a big win.
Going into the game against the Suns, everyone was talking about their injury list and that can be a little dangerous mentally. We were also down one of only two big bodies in the back half with Jeremy McGovern ruled out on game day.
That’s why Simmo was a bit nervous. In the end there was nothing to worry about and we produced a very good performance, particularly in tough conditions.
Winning can become a habit and we have now won four games in a row, but it doesn’t just flow from one game to the next. Sure, you need to take a bit of time to celebrate a victory, but it’s about refocusing for the next game.
Over the first seven weeks of the season we’ve produced some pretty consistent footy and one of the most pleasing aspects of it has been the number of younger guys who have stepped up. I’d even include someone like Chris Masten in that. He picked up an incredible 20 possessions in the last quarter, while others like Brad Sheppard, Elliot Yeo, Jamie Cripps, Dom Sheed, Liam Duggan and Jackson Nelson have all made us a better team this year.
Our challenge is to sustain the effort and continue to improve. ONE of the West Coast Eagles’ most significant initiatives involves a trip to the red dirt of the Pilbara for the Kicking Goals program.
Students in Newman and Port Hedland are engaged by club players and staff to develop both as athletes and as individuals.
Corey Adamson visited Hedland Senior High School recently, meeting students and junior football players in the Pilbara town.
Adamson ran a number of in-class clinics for the students ranging from years 7 to 12.
The practical elements of each session focused on clean hands, marking and goal-kick- ing. Adamson also shared his story and personal journey with the students.
An Eagle with a unique background, Adamson signed his first professional sporting contract at 16.
But it was with the San Diego Padres, who urged the youngster to choose baseball and move to the United States.
The speedy outfielder was a Padres farmhand for the best part of seven seasons, playing across the country in the US minor league system.
Adamson returned to football after an impressive try-out for West Coast recruiters in August 2014 and began the process of transforming his body for strength and endurance.
A seasoned professional at 22, Adamson said he needed to stress the importance of consistent work toward personal goals.
“When I signed my first professional contract, I was the same age as many of you are now,” Adamson said.
“I had to choose between baseball and footy, so I moved to the States.”
Since his return to football, Adamson has applied himself to meet his goal of playing at Australia’s top level.
Adamson concluded his day in Hedland at Kevin Scott Oval, signing autographs and taking photos with junior players at their weekly training session.
The Kicking Goals program is a joint initiative with Community Partner BHP Billiton and sees 12 West Coast Eagles players and staff visit communities in the Pilbara each year.
BHP Billiton is the proud Principal Community Partner of the West Coast Eagles, supporting the Eagles in the community program for the past 10 years.
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