Nic Nat gives pat on back to di­ver­sity day

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

THE win against Gold Coast on Sun­day was in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant and while most peo­ple out­side the footy club thought we’d win eas­ily go­ing into the game, we have great re­spect for the Suns and knew it would not come with­out the work.

We did see some stuff in the me­dia about the ex­pec­ta­tion of a com­fort­able win, but we are not in­flu­enced by the out­side per­cep­tions.

The Suns had some high-cal­i­bre play­ers com­ing into their team, in­clud­ing Gary Ablett, Stephen May and Aaron Hall. Com­bined with Jack Martin, Tom Lynch and Dion Pres­tia, they have some A-Grade tal­ent and we knew we would need to be at our best.

And for­tu­nately we were able to do that.

It was an ex­cit­ing day for Tom Cole to de­but too. He had been close to play­ing his first game a few times al­ready this year, but with El­liot Yeo and An­drew Gaff out through in­jury he got his op­por­tu­nity. As the game went on, he picked up the tempo and cer­tainly looked like he be­longed at the level.

He will be a ter­rific player for a long time at the Ea­gles and I’m sure our fans will en­joy watch­ing his ca­reer un­fold.

Pretty quickly af­ter the game our at­ten­tion turned to play­ing the Western Bull­dogs at Eti­had Sta­dium next Sun­day.

The Bull­dogs play a high-oc­tane style of foot­ball and are go­ing to be a tough propo­si­tion.

They are good on the in­side, have some great out­side run and some qual­ity fin­ish­ers up for­ward. They have strengths in sim­i­lar ar­eas to us, so the in­di­vid­ual bat­tles will have a sig­nif­i­cant bear­ing on the re­sult.

Nic Nai­tanui and some of the par­tic­i­pants from Os­borne Pri­mary School.

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