Win a big step for­ward

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS - with Josh Kennedy

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.

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