Significant trophy berths at Subiaco
with Josh Kennedy PERFECTION is what we strive for game to game and across the season.
It rarely happens, but that’s what you’re looking for. Ideally you don’t hit too many speed bumps in the season, but we did run over one last Saturday night on the Gold Coast.
Obviously we were hoping to come away from the trip with four points but had to settle for two after Suns forward Tom Lynch kicked a goal on the last play of the game to lock the scores together.
Given the respective positions on the AFL ladder (we were second and they were 17th), most people would have expected us to win comfortably.
But we got exactly what we expected. They put good pressure around the contest and we struggled to get our game going.
We’ll dissect areas in the game where we fell short of the mark and we will move forward.
The idea of the review is to be better in our next game and beyond, so we don’t dwell on what has already occurred.
We can’t change that, but we can look to tweak a few things in the coming weeks – starting with Hawthorn on Saturday night.
As we move into the run home, with five qualifying matches remaining, our aim is to finish as high as we can on the ladder to give us the best chance of having an impact.
Competing against and winning games against the likes of Hawthorn and Fremantle would give us that opportunity.
We play them both in the next fortnight and that’s exciting. FOR the first time in its five-year existence, the HMAS Sydney II Trophy will be on display at the West Coast Eagles headquarters for all fans to see.
The two clubs have contested the trophy since 2010 and until last Sunday, when West Coast endured by 51 points, it had stayed in the Swans’ grasp.
This annual fixture is played between West Coast and Sydney to represent the ship’s home port of Sydney and the State of her final resting place, WA.
Celebrated for her successful battles in the Mediterranean, where she famously sank the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni, HMAS Sydney (II) and her crew of predominantly young men spent part of 1941 escorting troopships to South East Asia, following a route along the WA coast.
It was on the return of one of these voyages that she encountered the Kormoran – disguised as a Dutch merchant vessel – and became embroiled in a battle that neither ship would survive.
The Sydney was lost with all 645 hands, while 318 of the Kormoran’s complement of 390 survived.
The Sydney sank without trace and was not found until March, 2008, about 100 nautical miles off the WA coast, north of Geraldton.
For so many of the families of those who perished in battle, the discovery offered some closure on the devastating loss.
While the Trophy was the centrepiece of the on-ground action at West Coast’s most recent home game, outside the stadium, Services personnel raised funds for the Legacy Foundation.
Legacy provides support to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a loved one, during or after their defence force service.
It currently cares for about 100,000 widows and 1900 children and disabled dependants. Fans at the game helped raise $11,395. West Coast skipper Shannon Hurn was delighted to see the HMAS Sydney II Trophy staying in Perth for the first time. “This trophy is significant,” Hurn said. “Over the past few years Sydney has been one of the top two or three teams in the competition, so to finally beat them was satisfying.
“We have a great rivalry with the Swans, particularly in the mid-2000s, and hopefully we can continue from here.”
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