This one’s for Sir Doug – a true great

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

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.

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