Four points gone with the wind

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

with Josh Kennedy ONE of the things about footy is that you’re al­ways pre­sented with dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances and con­di­tions, which you need to ad­just and adapt to.

In Ho­bart we were pre­sented with a unique set of cir­cum­stances and we came up short.

It is ob­vi­ously the same for both clubs and North Mel­bourne did bet­ter than we did in the con­di­tions. It was cold and dark, with the lights be­ing switched on in the mid­dle of the af­ter­noon. A bit­terly cold breeze, which felt like it was com­ing right off the south pole, howled down the ground and meant there was a dis­tinct ad­van­tage go­ing to one end of Bel­lerieve Oval.

Up un­til the last few min­utes of the third quar­ter we felt like we were go­ing OK and led by a cou­ple of goals, but North kicked three goals in as many min­utes and it proved to be a match­win­ning pe­riod.

We are a pretty young group and need to learn from it. In the last 35 min­utes in par­tic­u­lar we made a few de­ci­sions we will learn from and that’s the na­ture of the game.

We’ll re­view what hap­pened, why we weren’t as com­posed as we could’ve been, why our in­ten­sity fell away and then re­group for our Essendon clash.

Play­ing in Ho­bart is dif­fer­ent to play­ing at Dock­lands un­der the roof. That’s dif­fer­ent to play­ing at the MCG or Subiaco and that is just the na­ture of the game.

You have to ad­just, play to the pre­vail­ing con­di­tions and cir­cum­stances and get the job done. Hope­fully we get back to our best this week and come out strong against the Bombers. THE highly-pub­li­cised fight of Neale Dani­her against the in­sid­i­ous Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease has struck a chord with the AFL com­mu­nity and, more broadly, Australia.

At the West Coast Ea­gles, where Dani­her was an in­te­gral part of the club’s op­er­a­tions when di­ag­nosed in 2013, there is a strong com­mit­ment to help with rais­ing both aware­ness and funds to as­sist in the search for a cure.

Last week, foot­ball club staff and play­ers came to­gether and donned spe­cially made bean­ies in hon­our of a man who is held in the high­est re­gard by all who worked with him.

For five of his six years at the West Coast Ea­gles as gen­eral manager – foot­ball op­er­a­tions, Dani­her was a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive, di­rect­ing the foot­ball depart­ment and of­fer­ing out­stand­ing sup­port to the coach­ing group as a men­tor.

Although he took a step back from the ma­jor foot­ball depart­ment role in 2014, when Craig Vozzo as­sumed those re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, Dani­her was an im­por­tant sound­ing board for first-year se­nior coach Adam Simp­son.

He re­mained at the club be­fore head­ing back to Vic­to­ria late last year and has been keep­ing him­self busy as the very public face of the Find a Cure for MND cam­paign.

With the sup­port of the Ea­gles, there was a ma­jor fund-raiser at The Sta­bles Bar in the city in Novem­ber and Dani­her has since con­tin­ued ini­tia­tives with the Freeze at the G and the sale of bean­ies.

The Freeze at the G cam­paign played out re­cently at the MCG, with a num­ber of high pro­file, largely foot­ball iden­ti­ties, jump­ing on a slide and plung­ing into icy cold wa­ters in a big bar­rel at the bot­tom of the jour­ney.

Celebri­ties raised money be­fore tak­ing that freez­ing dip.

The cam­paign will not end there, with Dani­her com­mit­ting to be­ing the face of fur­ther fundrais­ers in both Perth and Mel­bourne, with the Dani­her Drive con­tin­u­ing to build on what looms as a sig­nif­i­cant le­gacy.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.

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