West Coast digs deep for success
THE win over Sydney on Sunday ticked another box on what has been an exciting journey this season.
The win means we will play finals, which was one of key targets at the start of the year.
People have been asking whether we think we can finish in the top four, or even the top two. That’s not on our minds at all. As boring as it sounds, we will break it down to the week-by-week challenges, try to meet our expectations in each game then move on to the next one.
We’ll leave the speculation about finishing positions to others because it can change so dramatically from week to week. For us, we enjoyed the win against Sydney, went to our recovery session on Monday and then started thinking about Gold Coast.
The win against the Swans was the first time a few of us had played in a winning game against them. The Eagles hadn’t beaten Sydney since 2007 – the year before I joined the club.
We have played for the HMAS Sydney Trophy since 2010, so it was good to get that to the club for the first time. We hope this is the start of a strong rivalry between two clubs honouring those who served on HMAS Sydney II.
Beating Sydney for the first time in eight years was the third long-standing drought we have halted this year.
We hadn’t beaten the Pies in Melbourne for 12 years until a couple of weeks ago and it was a similar story against Richmond at the MCG. THROUGH Dig Deep Day, the West Coast Eagles have become the largest corporate donor across the state to Council Council WA.
Since its inception in 2005, Dig Deep Day has been an amazing success and has brought in more than $1 million for cancer research.
The 2014 campaign raised $142,000 and the fundraising goal this year is another six-figure sum.
Much of that will occur around the annual Dig Deep Day game on Sunday, August 23, which is an Eagles home game against Western Bulldogs.
The club’s Cancer Council WA ambassador, Luke Shuey, is encouraging Eagles supporters and footy fans to buy a $5 Dig Deep wristband to wear at the match.
“It’s a great cause and over the journey the West Coast members and fans have been terrific supporters of the fundraising campaign,” Shuey said.
“With more than 60,000 members and hundreds of thousands of fans, we have a very large network of people who can and have supported the campaign in the past.”
The Dig Deep wristbands are already on sale at Caltex service stations, the West Coast Eagles team store and the Cancer Council WA shop in Subiaco.
They will also be available at the ground before and after the round 21 game.
All money raised helps provide support for West Australian cancer patients, including the Cancer Council’s Crawford and Milroy Lodges, which provide accommodation for country cancer patients who need to stay in Perth during their treatment.
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Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff with young cancer survivor Caelan Mack (10), this year's Dig Deep mascot.