Another mile­stone as Pies loom

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

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.

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