Move­means­more com­mu­nity events

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

THE win against Rich­mond last Fri­day was sat­is­fy­ing on so many fronts and one that can’t be un­der­es­ti­mated, go­ing into a mid­sea­son break with a win.

Be­ing able to get away for a few days down south was fan­tas­tic and tak­ing a break in a pos­i­tive frame of mind helps you en­joy it even more.

I have no doubt that play­ers from all clubs re­ally en­joy this mid-sea­son spell. We have had a few play­ers in par­tic­u­lar who have been pretty sore and for the lost few weeks have been on lim­ited train­ing pro­grams. So the bye comes at an ideal time. AFL football is very de­mand­ing on the body, there is lit­tle respite so it is great to grab a few days and kick back. It also helps to re­fresh the mind as we now start build­ing to­wards the sec­ond half of the year.

As we re­flect on the first 12 rounds, sit­ting at nine wins and three losses, it has been a sat­is­fy­ing first half of the year, but we know there is plenty of work to be done.

If you have a look at the rea­sons for that strong first half of the sea­son, it could prob­a­bly be down to a strong con­nec­tion across all lines as well as a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the game plan that Adam Simp­son has brought to the club.

In his first pre-sea­son, Simmo spent a lot of time ex­plain­ing how he wanted us to play and in the lead-up to this year, there was more de­voted to train­ing to that game plan on the track.

Com­bined with the de­vel­op­ment of some of the younger play­ers and we have a strong belief and com­mit­ment to what we are do­ing as a group. It’s an ex­cit­ing time at the club. MORE than 80 older West Coast Ea­gles mem­bers scored a be­hind-the-scenes tour of the club’s Su­bi­aco train­ing fa­cil­ity last week as part of an Ea­gles in their Prime ac­tiv­ity morn­ing.

Ea­gles in their Prime is an ac­tiv­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tion col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­gram be­tween the Se­niors Recre­ation Coun­cil of WA and West Coast, which aims to en­cour­age healthy age­ing among mem­bers of the football club aged 65 or older.

West Coast’s first cap­tain Ross Glendin­ning, who hosted the an­nual event, said the club’s planned move to Lath­lain Park could lead to even more such com­mu­nity events.

“At Lath­lain, we will have larger and more flex­i­ble com­mu­nity spa­ces that will al­low the se­nior com­mu­nity greater ac­cess to take part in pre­venta- tive health and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions and so­cial events,” Glendin­ning said.

Fol­low­ing re­fresh­ments in the Play­ers’ Lounge, guests took part in dif­fer­ent phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing Xbox Kinect, mini golf and seated hockey in the play­ers’ warm-up room.

The chance to have a pho­to­graph with the 1994 AFL Premier­ship Cup was a high­light as they took a trip down mem­ory lane, ex­plor­ing the club’s mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion.

Inau­gu­ral Ea­gle Phil Narkle and mas­cot Rick the Rock also made an ap­pear­ance, join­ing the mem­bers on the oval to pose for photos and prac­tise pole-walk­ing.

Fu­ture events as part of the pro­gram in­clude a Tech Savvy Se­niors com­puter course in Septem­ber, Grand­par­ents Day cel­e­bra­tion event on Oc­to­ber 8 and Have a Go Day on Novem­ber 11.

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

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