Memorable time for players and fans
THE past few weeks have provided me and my teammates with some of the best memories of our careers.
That’s not just because we have won our way into the AFL grand final and given ourselves the chance to live out our childhood dreams. Obviously we’re excited to be in that position and are looking forward to it, but the finals campaign has been really special.
I don’t know the reason, but the atmosphere at Subiaco oval has been unbelievable.
Again, last Saturday night in the preliminary final against North Melbourne, the crowd noise was deafening.
Their support was really important and no doubt that helped get us going when we were a bit slow out of the blocks. To see the pure joy on fans’ faces post-match was really something special. Having said that, the feeling among the boys has also been something special. There is a great bond in this playing group and that unity has been a key to what we have achieved so far this season.
It’s not just the 22 or 24 blokes who have played in those two finals either. The whole squad has been together on this journey.
If we manage to get up against Hawthorn in the grand final, it will be because every player on the list has played a part in some way.
While we want to treat this week as normal as possible, we know that’s not realistic.
We will prepare to take Hawthorn on at their best. We know that’s formidable, but we also know our best is good enough to succeed against them. INTERNATIONAL students from Edith Cowan University and UWA were invited into the West Coast Eagles Football Club this season to what was, for many, their first Australian football experience.
The participants represented a vast array of countries across the globe, including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, England, USA, Canada, Brunei and Denmark, and all were excit- ed to learn more about Australia’s national game.
As a part of the West Coast Eagles 101 program, they took a behind-the-scenes look at West Coast’s facilities and were taught about the game, along with rules, positions and teams.
The highlight for all was the opportunity to attend a game – either when the Eagles took on Greater Western Sydney Giants in Round 5 or in Round 21, when the Western Bulldogs came to Subiaco Oval.
Both matches resulted in big wins for the Eagles, creating a tremendous atmosphere for the new fans to be a part of. Speaking on behalf of UWA’s contingent, Kenneth Aiden Foo said the new fans had a “ton of fun”.
“It was great to get to learn about a totally new sport and at the same time get to go behind the scenes of one of the best teams,” he said.
“We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the game too.”
ECU Guild vice-president of social activity, Trent Barron, said he looked forward to continuing the opportunity for future international students.
“Working together with the West Coast Eagles to provide international students with a genuine Australian experience helped introduce new fans to the game and provided them with a unique experience,” he said.
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