Con­sis­tency the key af­ter big win

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cal Looklo - With Josh Kennedy

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.

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

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