Sig­nif­i­cant tro­phy berths at Su­bi­aco

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

PER­FEC­TION is what we strive for game to game and across the sea­son.

It rarely hap­pens, but that’s what you’re look­ing for. Ideally you don’t hit too many speed bumps in the sea­son, but we did run over one last Satur­day night on the Gold Coast.

Ob­vi­ously we were hop­ing to come away from the trip with four points but had to set­tle for two af­ter Suns for­ward Tom Lynch kicked a goal on the last play of the game to lock the scores to­gether. Given the re­spec­tive po­si­tions on the AFL lad­der (we were sec­ond and they were 17th), most peo­ple would have ex­pected us to win com­fort­ably.

But we got ex­actly what we ex­pected. They put good pres­sure around the con­test and we strug­gled to get our game go­ing.

We’ll dis­sect ar­eas in the game where we fell short of the mark and we will move for­ward.

The idea of the re­view is to be bet­ter in our next game and be­yond, so we don’t dwell on what has al­ready oc­curred.

We can’t change that, but we can look to tweak a few things in the com­ing weeks – start­ing with Hawthorn on Satur­day night.

As we move into the run home, with five qual­i­fy­ing matches re­main­ing, our aim is to fin­ish as high as we can on the lad­der to give us the best chance of hav­ing an im­pact.

Com­pet­ing against and win­ning games against the likes of Hawthorn and Fre­man­tle would give us that op­por­tu­nity. We play them both in the next fort­night and that’s ex­cit­ing. FOR the first time in its five-year ex­is­tence, the HMAS Syd­ney II Tro­phy will be on dis­play at the West Coast Ea­gles head­quar­ters for all fans to see.

The two clubs have con­tested the tro­phy since 2010 and un­til last Sun­day, when West Coast en­dured by 51 points, it had stayed in the Swans’ grasp.

This an­nual fix­ture is played be­tween West Coast and Syd­ney to rep­re­sent the ship’s home port of Syd­ney and the State of her fi­nal rest­ing place, WA.

Cel­e­brated for her suc­cess­ful bat­tles in the Mediter­ranean, where she fa­mously sank the Ital­ian cruiser Bar­tolomeo Colleoni, HMAS Syd­ney (II) and her crew of pre­dom­i­nantly young men spent part of 1941 es­cort­ing troop­ships to South East Asia, fol­low­ing a route along the WA coast.

It was on the re­turn of one of these voy­ages that she en­coun­tered the Kor­moran – dis­guised as a Dutch mer­chant ves­sel – and be­came em­broiled in a bat­tle that nei­ther ship would sur­vive.

The

Syd­ney

was lost with all 645 hands, while 318 of the Kor­moran’s com­ple­ment of 390 sur­vived.

The Syd­ney sank with­out trace and was not found un­til March, 2008, about 100 nau­ti­cal miles off the WA coast, north of Ger­ald­ton.

For so many of the fam­i­lies of those who per­ished in bat­tle, the dis­cov­ery of­fered some clo­sure on the dev­as­tat­ing loss.

While the Tro­phy was the cen­tre­piece of the on-ground ac­tion at West Coast’s most re­cent home game, out­side the sta­dium, Ser­vices per­son­nel raised funds for the Legacy Foun­da­tion.

Legacy pro­vides sup­port to Aus­tralian fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing fi­nan­cially and so­cially af­ter the in­ca­pac­i­ta­tion or death of a loved one, dur­ing or af­ter their de­fence force ser­vice. It cur­rently cares for about 100,000 wid­ows and 1900 chil­dren and dis­abled de­pen­dants. Fans at the game helped raise $11,395. West Coast skip­per Shan­non Hurn was de­lighted to see the HMAS Syd­ney II Tro­phy stay­ing in Perth for the first time. “This tro­phy is sig­nif­i­cant,” Hurn said. “Over the past few years Syd­ney has been one of the top two or three teams in the com­pe­ti­tion, so to fi­nally beat them was sat­is­fy­ing.

“We have a great ri­valry with the Swans, par­tic­u­larly in the mid-2000s, and hope­fully we can con­tinue from here.”

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

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