West Coast digs deep for suc­cess

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

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.

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

Luke Shuey and An­drew Gaff with young can­cer sur­vivor Cae­lan Mack (10), this year's Dig Deep mas­cot.

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