A bet­ter sea­son al­ready

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Work Place - With Josh Kennedy

FOOTY fans can be­come a lit­tle ob­sessed with sta­tis­tics.

Ob­vi­ously, we look at team sta­tis­tics each week to mea­sure our ef­forts and we have cer­tain key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors that we’d like to achieve be­cause hit­ting those tar­gets means we gen­er­ally win.

But we weren’t pay­ing a lot of at­ten­tion to one par­tic­u­lar statis­tic that was thrown up lead­ing into our game against Colling­wood on the week­end. We hadn’t beaten the Pies in Mel­bourne for 12 years.

His­tor­i­cal data has no bear­ing on what hap­pens in the game at hand. We just pre­pare and fo­cus on the match, con­cen­trate on the game plan and the sys­tems we need to give us the best chance of win­ning. The win was another im­por­tant step in our plans for the year.

The ma­jor fo­cus for us this year was to im­prove and just in nu­mer­i­cal terms that meant win­ning more games than last year.

By beat­ing the Pies we have gone one bet­ter with 12 wins, but the job is not yet done.

It’s a sat­is­fy­ing lit­tle mile­stone, but now we need to move on pretty quickly and look for our next win. Another win and we will prob­a­bly play fi­nals. That would be another step for­ward on last year when we fin­ished ninth.

It’s great to be sec­ond on the lad­der, but now we face Syd­ney at Su­bi­aco Oval.

We’ll have to do that with­out Jeremy McGovern, who pinged a ham­string against the Pies, and that will be a test for us as well. A HIGH­LIGHT of the school hol­i­days for more than 500 young West Coast fans was the chance to catch up with their he­roes at the an­nual Rick's Rook­ies train­ing day.

Rookie mem­bers aged up to 12 tested their football skills with a draft com­bine, con­sist­ing of speed kick­ing cubes, hand­ball tar­gets, a timed ob­sta­cle course and a mea­sur­ing sta­tion as­sess­ing their height, arm span and static jump height.

Younger sib­lings kept the face pain­ters busy and had fun on the bouncy castle, while par­ents made the most of their free time with a free neck mas­sage from the HBF Health masseurs.

Af­ter their com­bine rookie mem­bers watched the se­nior squad's full train­ing ses­sion be­fore Rick the Rock took over the en­ter­tain­ment, chal­leng­ing a cou­ple of young mem­bers to a run­ning race and push-up con­test.

Ju­nior re­porter Abby in­ter­viewed Josh Hill and un­cov­ered that Nic Nai­tanui is al­ways late for train­ing and is also the player with the messi­est bed hair – along­side first-year player Tom Lamb.

Fin­ish­ing with an au­to­graph ses­sion, the day was a mem­o­rable school hol­i­days oc­ca­sion for many.

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

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