Quality comes to fore in big game
THE reason you play football is to be involved in the big games and it was a great experience at Subiaco Oval last Friday night against Hawthorn.
While the game is run by the AFL and there is equal opportunity for members of both clubs to go to the game, there was a strong West Coast bias and the atmosphere was amazing.
Purely on numbers, there were probably fewer Eagles fans than there are for regular home games, but the noise level was amazing. Maybe that was because people found themselves in different seats, or they took their barracking to new levels; it was just a terrific environment.
We love our supporters and while we might be a little biased, the players reckon we’ve got the best fan base in the country.
After beating Hawthorn last Friday night, we will get one more chance to play at home, in the preliminary final, and we’re really looking forward to that.
While the fans stepped up to the plate, as a playing group we knew we would have to take it to another level against Hawthorn. They have been the best team in the competition for the last five years and have won the last two premierships.
We have enormous respect for them and what they have achieved and it is our dream to emulate what they have done. Obviously we have a long way to go because we have barely taken the first step towards that goal, but we would like to build towards a period of sustained success.
Last week we had about seven players who were playing in their first final and they all played really well. They will bank that experience and I’m sure they will benefit from it.
A preliminary final will be a step up from last week, but we’re really looking forward to it. THE West Coast Eagles set themselves up for a home preliminary final with a resounding win over Hawthorn on Friday night at Subiaco Oval.
After a slightly shaky start, forward Josh Hill kicked the opening goal of the game but it was the Hawks who led by a point at the first break.
The second quarter saw the Eagles storm ahead, kicking five goals and keeping the reigning premiers goalless.
Hawthorn kicked the opening goal of the third, but West Coast kicked another five; powering to a 50-point lead at three-quarter time. That lead ended up being a bridge too far for the Hawks.
Despite Hawthorn kicking five goals in the final quarter, the Eagles only needed to kick two to put it out of reach. Josh Kennedy and Hill both kicked three for the Eagles, while Hawthorn’s top scorer was Jarryd Roughead with two. The final score was 14.12 (96) to 9.10 (64). The Eagles will now have a week’s rest before facing the winner of this weekend’s semifinal between the Sydney Swans and North Melbourne.
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Pictures: Jon Hewson and Andrew Ritchie
The West Coast Eagles beat Hawthorn by 32 points at Subiaco Oval on Friday.