This one’s for Sir Doug – a true great
IT was nice to finally rack up a strong win on the road, so that won’t be the focus of everyone in the footy world as we prepare for this week’s game against Gold Coast.
We understood that until we won a game against a quality team outside of Perth our travelling form – and everything associated with it – would be under the microscope. But hopefully that is no longer the focus after an eight-point win over Port Adelaide.
It was a gritty performance from the boys and all the more meritorious because we did it without last year’s club champion Andrew Gaff for the last quarter and a half.
Gaffy was unfortunately knocked out in the middle of the third quarter and that probably de-stabilised us for a little while because Port got on a roll and kicked the last three goals of the quarter to make it a three-goal game at the last change.
We re-grouped at the break, got going again and it felt like we would win the game all the way through the last quarter even though Port kept coming hard at us.
While it was a good win, we know that to qualify for finals we need to keep winning, both at home and away, so we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas.
This week we play Gold Coast and while they have had a few big injuries this year, we know we will need our A game to win.
It’s an important round for us because we will recognise Sir Douglas Nicholls. It was formerly Indigenous Round, but has been renamed to honour one of the great Aboriginal pioneers of the game.
Sir Doug Nicholls played at Fitzroy, after initially going to Carlton, but never played there because of a few issues at the club. He then played in the local suburban competition with Northcote before eventually playing VFL with Fitzroy.
He was later Governor of South Australia and a pivotal figure in the quest for equal rights.
We will do our best to honour Sir Doug and our strong historical connection between the indigenous players who have represented our club, as well as fans who have been so supportive of our club for 30 years.