Another milestone as Pies loom
SATURDAY was the culmination of a difficult week that I’m still getting my head around.
We’d played the week before in Darwin, while Adelaide were playing for the first time since the death of Phil Walsh.
We respected the occasion and so did our fans but also couldn’t lose sight of the fact that it was an important game for us.
We have been aiming to improve on last year and now we have equalled the performance of 2014 by notching up 11 wins. We need to win another game and that is our immediate target. Then we’ll re-assess things.
With everything else going on around the game, one thing that was missed to some extent was the 100-game milestone of Luke Shuey. And didn’t he turn it on.
As a forward, there is no better sight than seeing Boots charging through the midfield and eyeing off the options.
It was great to see him hit triple figures and that means he will be the first player at the club to get his name plastered on the No.13 locker. Like most blokes who get to 100 games there have been some challenges along the way for him.
He worked through those issues and has become a very important player. His understanding with Nic Naitanui is amazing and some of those centre clearances featured in the highlights reel we watched in a team meeting during the week.
This week we will celebrate another 100game milestone with Andrew Gaff.
Also this week we look forward to playing Collingwood. INJURED defender Eric Mackenzie mingled with shoppers and signed autographs at Noranda Village shopping centre last week.
The current John Worsfold medallist is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and won’t play this year, but remains heavily involved in club activities.
As well as autographs, fans were able to take selfies with the star defender and take part in games and giveaway opportunities.
Mackenzie’s was the first of several visits Eagles players will make to centres owned by Hawaiian over the next few weeks as part of an arrangement to give local community members access to the football experience.
This Thursday, July 16, shoppers can meet a West Coast Eagles player at Claremont Quarter.
Next Thursday it is the turn of shoppers at Forrestfield Forum and then lastly, on August 6, the Eagles roadshow moves to Bassendean Shopping Centre.
Similar events took place earlier in the school holidays at East Victoria Park’s Park Centre and at Carillon City.
Eric Mackenzie meets young fans at Noranda Village shopping centre last week.