Team effort translates into thumping win
WHEN you win by 100 points, most people instinctively celebrate the work of the forwards.
It was great to get some early touches against the Saints, but it was more satisfying because the team kicked nine goals in the first quarter and it meant that St Kilda was going to need something really special from there to upset us.
And while the fans look at the guys kicking the goals, it is our job to finish off the work of the boys further down the field.
Sometimes things fall for you and with myself and Lecca contributing 11 goals between us, it was pretty satisfying. But our chances to convert were created by the pressure through the midfield and a strong commitment to our team defence.
We just happened to get on the end of that work and had the chance to capitalise on the efforts of our teammates. We all have our roles to play. Against St Kilda everything pretty much clicked from the start.
Nic Naitanui, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff were dominant around the stoppages and if the ball did go St Kilda’s way we had our defenders so often intercepting as they pushed forward.
Every week there is another challenge and for us this Saturday it will come against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
We have some pretty good memories of playing at their new home ground and are looking forward to this contest. EAGLES rookie-list players Kane Lucas and Corey Adamson have just returned from the Pilbara, where they were involved with a mentoring program called Kicking Goals.
Adamson and the club’s sports scientist Connor Clancy went to Port Hedland with 30 GPS units which they used to test students’ speed, agility and endurance.
“It’s great to come up and see how much the kids take away from the program,” Adamson said.
“Bringing other staff members up is especially important. Not everyone can be a footballer so to show them what other opportunities are available in sport, it really opens up their eyes.”
Lucas and Eagles in the Community development officer James Grabski worked on coaching skills with students in Newman.
West Coast players and staff make five trips to the Pilbara each year for the Kicking Goals program.
Run with Swan Districts Football Club and with the support of BHP Billiton, Kicking Goals is one of the largest regionalbased AFL mentoring programs in Australia.
The program is curriculum based and encourages students to maintain certain KPIs to remain involved.
Community Newspaper Group is an affiliated partner of the West Coast Eagles. CONFIRMATION that the State Government will contribute $10 million towards the Lathlain Park redevelopment is a boon for the area set to become West Coast’s new headquarters.
The funds, spread across four years and channelled through the Town of Victoria Park, will see work on two ovals, lighting, scoreboard, two-lane synthetic running track and pathways.
West Coast will build its own administration and training headquarters at the site and is hopeful of moving in 2018.
“Importantly, from our club’s perspective, part of the first phase of the development will include scopes on the two ovals,” West Coast Eagles chief executive officer Trevor Nisbett said.
“There will be significant community benefit from that initiative, as well as the associated improvements.
“The impact our club can have on the broader community is an important platform in our rationale for re-location.
“The Wirrpanda Foundation will also be based at Lathlain Park and together with our extensive raft of existing community programs, we are excited at the opportunities the future holds.
“This is so much about creating a healthy environment for the next generation and those to come.”
West Coast sports scientist Connor Clancy and students in Newman.