Wyn win as boys join in cel­e­bra­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - with Josh Kennedy

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.

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

Mitch Brown helps Wyn Black to blow out the can­dles dur­ing her 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions last week.

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