Wyn win as boys join in celebrations
PART of playing AFL is adjusting to the varying tactics involved in every game.
While our own game plan is pretty solid we still change it up a little from week to week, depending upon the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.
Our coaching staff and opposition analysts put a lot of time into the opposition, studying a few weeks ahead on the way they like to play and obviously they do the same in the lead-up to games against us. They have a fair idea about the way we play, but depending on personnel who are in the team at a particular time they would be looking at how we like to play.
When we played Essendon last Saturday at Subiaco oval, they came with a particular game plan in mind and it made for a lot of congestion around the ball. I don’t sit back and analyse whether a game is good to watch or not, but I reckon last Saturday it was probably a bit ugly.
And while we anticipated what they would bring, it still took a while to adjust.
There were just a few subtleties that we needed to make to get the job done and in the end it was a pretty solid win.
Having banked the four points, it was a matter of enjoying the moment, getting into the ice bins and the recovery phase because we have a quick turn-around before meeting Richmond at the MCG on Friday.
We look forward to playing on the big stage and the Tigers are in good form, beating Fremantle in their last match here a fortnight ago before having a week off. They’ll be fresh off a 13-day break, so we will have to bring our best to the game. WHEN long-time West Coast supporter Wyn Black celebrated her 100th birthday last week, injured Eagle Mitch Brown was there to acknowledge the milestone.
Wyn, who has supported the club since its inception, was also joined by family, friends and dignitaries, including her local MLA Eleni Evangel and Mayor John Carey.
They all joined residents from Rosewood Care Centre in singing Happy Birthday and a rendition of the Eagles theme song, as Brown presented Wyn with gifts from the football club, including a signed framed print of Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis.
The key defender paid homage to the club’s passionate fans like Wyn and reflected upon how reaching the 100-year milestone put some context around his season-ending knee injury.
“This injury for me is 12 months, I’m only 26 and Wyn turned 100 today,” he said.
“I’ve got a lot of life to catch up to her, so it does put everything into perspective.
“It does make me feel good to come here and put a smile on her face.”
Phil Paddon wound up the celebrations by thanking Rosewood Care Centre for organising such an unforgettable birthday for his mother-in-law.
A member of the Seniors Recreation Council, Paddon is involved in a joint initiative between the Eagles and the SRC, Eagles in their Prime.
Eagles in their Prime will put on an activity morning later this month for members aged over 65.
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Mitch Brown helps Wyn Black to blow out the candles during her 100th birthday celebrations last week.