Move means more community events
with Josh Kennedy THE win against Richmond last Friday was satisfying on so many fronts and one that can’t be underestimated, going into a mid-season break with a win.
Being able to get away for a few days down south was fantastic and taking a break in a positive frame of mind helps you enjoy it even more.
I have no doubt that players from all clubs really enjoy this mid-season spell. We have had a few players in particular who have been pretty sore and for the lost few weeks have been on limited training programs. So the bye comes at an ideal time. AFL football is very demanding on the body, there is little respite so it is great to grab a few days and kick back. It also helps to refresh the mind as we now start building towards the second half of the year.
As we reflect on the first 12 rounds, sitting at nine wins and three losses, it has been a satisfying first half of the year, but we know there is plenty of work to be done.
If you have a look at the reasons for that strong first half of the season, it could probably be down to a strong connection across all lines as well as a deeper understanding of the game plan that Adam Simpson has brought to the club.
In his first pre-season, Simmo spent a lot of time explaining how he wanted us to play and in the lead-up to this year, there was more devoted to training to that game plan on the track.
Combined with the development of some of the younger players and we have a strong belief and commitment to what we are doing as a group. It’s an exciting time at the club. MORE than 80 older West Coast Eagles members scored a behindthe-scenes tour of the club’s Subiaco training facility last week as part of an Eagles in their Prime activity morning.
Eagles in their Prime is an activities and education collaborative program between the Seniors Recreation Council of WA and West Coast, which aims to encourage healthy ageing among members of the football club aged 65 or older.
West Coast’s first captain Ross Glendinning, who hosted the annual event, said the club’s planned move to Lathlain Park could lead to even more such community events.
“At Lathlain, we will have larger and more flexible community spaces that will allow the senior community greater access to take part in preventative health and fitness activities, education sessions and social events,” Glendinning said.
Following refreshments in the Players’ Lounge, guests took part in different physical activities, including Xbox Kinect, mini golf and seated hockey in the players’ warm-up room.
The chance to have a photograph with the 1994 AFL Premiership Cup was a highlight as they took a trip down memory lane, exploring the club’s memorabilia collection.
Inaugural Eagle Phil Narkle and mascot Rick the Rock also made an appearance, joining the members on the oval to pose for photos and practise pole-walking.
Future events as part of the program include a Tech Savvy Seniors computer course in September, Grandparents Day celebration event on October 8 and Have a Go Day on November 11.
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West Coast members Colin Green, Joy Houghton and John Spry with Ross Glendinning (left), Phil Narkle (right) and the 1994 AFL Premiership Cup.
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