Excited by finals despite heavy loss
PART of the mental preparation going into any game of football is visualising how the game might unfold and your own role and how that might contribute to team success.
It’s reasonable to assume none of us imagined the way the game against Adelaide would play out on Sunday.
Adelaide got away to a flier. We tried to peg them back and were working our way into the game before the Crows kicked it up a gear and went on to win by about 10 goals.
It was really disappointing, but just a hiccup and might serve as a reminder that we all need to play our part for the team to play its best. A few blokes played at the standards they have set themselves over the course of the year, but only a few.
We’ll review the game as we always do, take some key learnings from it and then focus on our last qualifying game against St Kilda at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night.
Hopefully there’s a packed house to support us in the last game and if we can beat the Saints we can still lock down a spot in the top two which would give us a great platform leading into the finals series.
We are already guaranteed a top four spot but we can do better than that by finishing in the top two, guaranteeing two home finals and that gives us a great opportunity to impact the finals series.
We know we have got some work ahead of us, but we’re really looking forward to it.
Hopefully our fans have enjoyed the ride and get right behind us over the next few weeks. There is nothing quite like playing at home with the West Coast faithful throwing their support behind us. IN terms of multiculturalism in the AFL, no one stands taller than Nic Naitanui.
The first intake of the Nic Naitanui Multicultural Academy have just finished their 2015 program, one that involved a mix of football development training and education workshops.
This year’s academy participants were born in 2000 or 2001 and come from a variety of non-English speaking backgrounds.
On field, the highlight came when academy players showcased their talent against the Djinda Falcons in a curtain raiser game held before West Coast’s recent clash with Hawthorn.
They also took part in skills and combine testing and workshops covering strength and conditioning, nutrition, GPS data analysis and goal setting.
Naitanui said he was proud to see the Academy off to a positive start.
“It’s a massive thing to have the academy up and going,” he said.
“Seeing kids from all different backgrounds being involved is awesome.
“The diversity in our game, from grass roots level to the AFL, is great. Many cultures, one game is certainly being lived across our game and our country.
“We’ve got guys from all over the State involved in the academy and for us to celebrate a round in the AFL which is dedicated to multiculturalism makes us very, very proud.”
Naitanui said the academy provided an additional pathway after the All Nations Carnival and could lead the teenagers into 15s and 16s development squads or WAFL colts programs.