A fine line between agony and ecstasy
The fine line between winning and losing is evident in a lot of games across every weekend at every level.
On Sunday against the Western Bulldogs in Melbourne, we were one of the teams that experienced it.
We gave everything we had before losing to the Bulldogs by eight points and in a tight game like that, the difference is a break this way or that. In this case it fell the Bulldogs’ way and they were deserving winners.
While we were bitterly disappointed with the result, we were pleased with the way we fought it out.
Halfway through the last quarter of the game, the Bulldogs kicked away to a 21-point lead and it was going to be tough to work our way back into the contest from there.
But we found a way, edged to within three points and were on a bit of a roll. Unfortunately we could not find the extra goal that would have put us in front.
We need to analyse what went wrong and address those issues.
The good thing about footy is that there is always another chance and next week that will come against Adelaide at home.
It will be an interesting match because the Crows coach, Don Pyke, spent a couple of years as part of our coaching structure.
He obviously knows a lot of the players intimately and has some insight into our game.
We have great respect for Adelaide and know they will be tough to beat.
The Bulldogs gained the ascendancy with contested possession last week, but we take great pride in that aspect of our game style, so we’ll be looking to win that battle. THE first all-indigenous women’s curtain raiser for an AFL game was played at Subiaco Oval as part of the recent Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round.
Organised by the West Coast Eagles, which is vying to gain an inaugural licence for next year’s women’s league, the match featured indigenous players from the West Australian Women’s Football League in a north (Yirra Beeliar) versus south (Kardup Beeliar) of the river clash.
Yirra Beeliar scored a thrilling seven-point win, 11.4 (70) to 9.9 (63).
The demonstration put on by both teams was captivating, with some exquisite skills, explosive pace and a penchant for the contest.
Best players for the respective teams were Imhara Cameron (Yirra Beeliar) and Cassie Davidson (Kardup Beeliar).
The group was also treated to a special address before the game by former West Coast star Ashley Sampi.
The 2004 AFL Mark of the Year winner spoke of the importance of his heritage and culture and how he handled the pressure of playing in the AFL.
Players from both teams that competed in the first all-indigenous curtain raiser to an AFL match.