A fine line be­tween agony and ec­stasy

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.

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.

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