School’s in at Aquinas for Rick’s Rookies
with Josh Kennedy CONSISTENCY is the hallmark of a quality team and at the West Coast Eagles, we’re still building towards it.
Part of that is making sure there is little difference between the way we play at Subiaco Oval and what we produce when we travel.
So far this season we have not been able to replicate our best form on road trips to the MCG to play Hawthorn or to the SCG last Saturday when we played Sydney.
But we are working on it and the effort against Sydney was an improvement.
We gave ourselves a chance against the Swans when we led by a couple of points in the middle of the third quarter, but got stuck on seven goals for about the last 40 minutes of the game despite going inside the attacking 50 regularly.
Obviously we have to give credit to Sydney for the way they played in that period. They were probably a little tougher in the clinches and made more of their opportunities.
It was disappointing to lose, but we will take some lessons on board and use them to get better.
We still have a lot of young players in our team who are learning their craft and the important thing for us is that we keep building. No doubt we will benefit from playing at a unique ground like the SCG, which is a saucer shape and pretty short from goal-to-goal.
That said, we need to play our way regardless of where that might be. MORE than 600 West Coast Eagles members flocked to Aquinas College on Monday for a school holidays coaching clinic.
The entire West Coast squad were on hand for the children’s clinic, the first of three Rick’s Rookies events for 2016.
Stars Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey, Josh Kennedy and Eric Mackenzie were among several players who helped the 512 year olds improve their kicking, handballing, marking and tackling skills.
Nic Naitanui – who drew the event’s biggest crowd – had kids hanging off his every word at a special rucking and marking station.
Experienced defender Will Schofield got into the spirit of the fun school holidays event by encouraging his young proteges to chase and tackle Eagles goal sneak Josh Hill, who was forced to retreat to Aquinas College’s lower oval on several occasions.
After the clinic concluded, Rick’s Rookies members took advantage of an opportunity to fill their autograph books before they were encouraged to travel to Subiaco and enjoy the club’s open training session.
At least half of the clinic’s young participants made their way down to training to see how their heroes executed the skills they had taught them just hours earlier
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Jeremy McGovern talks tactics with young Eagles members at the holiday clinic.
All-Australian midfielder Andrew Gaff fires a handball to a young fan.