Win a big step forward
AS A player you always hear the conversations around key issues in the AFL, probably the chatter that happens on a Monday morning workplace near the coffee machine.
And the talking the past six or seven weeks has been around West Coast beating a team in the top eight. Well, we did that on Sunday when we beat the Kangaroos, so it’s nice to tick that box.
But in the footy club, it has never been about beating an opponent who occupies a certain position on the premiership table. Our focus has been about playing the type of footy that can win games against quality opposition.
The result was getting over the line against the Kangaroos on Sunday, but that is not the end game either.
Beating North was important because we need to beat teams in the top half of the ladder if we want to push higher and give ourselves the best chance of achieving the targets we have set ourselves.
From the start of the year it has been about improving. If you’re not improving you’re going backwards and we want to continue to build from the solid platform we have set ourselves.
So there was some validation in the win against the Roos but we still have a way to go.
The highlight of the day was actually winning a game where one of the great characters in the playing group, Sam Butler, was among three players who celebrated milestones.
Butts played his 150th game for the club and it’s amazing to think he has been here for 13 years and is the last survivor of the 2006 premiership team. He’s had more than enough injuries during his career but it was great to see him qualify for life membership.
Sharrod Wellingham also played his 150th career game and Elliot Yeo played his 50th game for the club.
It’s always good to win so the boys can celebrate the occasion properly. But we move on and we now have some interesting challenges in the weeks ahead, starting with a big game against Carlton at the MCG on Sunday.