Chal­lenges to con­tinue with Crows

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

with Josh Kennedy THROUGH the course of the sea­son I have of­ten been asked whether we are sur­prised by what we have achieved this year, es­pe­cially af­ter lock­ing down a top four spot with our win over the Bull­dogs on Sun­day.

The short an­swer is no. In the play­ing group we have been fo­cused on short-term goals, but we have not set any lim­its on what we wanted to achieve. And we still won’t.

We just wanted to im­prove on last year and we have ob­vi­ously done that now.

The first tar­get was to win more games than we did in 2014 and we ticked that box a few weeks ago, so that was sat­is­fy­ing.

Now that we have en­sured a top four spot, we aim to fin­ish as high as we can be­cause that will help us have the big­gest pos­si­ble im­pact dur­ing the fi­nals se­ries. To do that we will again fo­cus on the short term, tack­ling each of the last two games one by one.

The chal­lenges don’t get any eas­ier be­cause we play the Crows at Ade­laide Oval this Sun­day and they will be look­ing to lock down a spot in the fi­nals by win­ning.

They have a gun mid­field and some fire­power up front with Tex Walker and Ed­die Betts, so we know it’s go­ing to be tough.

We will celebrate the 150-game mile­stone of my mate Mark LeCras in style.

He will earn life mem­ber­ship as a re­sult of hit­ting that mark and I can’t think of any­one more de­serv­ing. We have played a lot of footy to­gether over the years and it would be great to win to mark the oc­ca­sion.

This week we’ll watch a high­lights pack­age fea­tur­ing Lecca and that will be fun. WEST Coast cap­tain Shan­non Hurn has been an am­bas­sador for Food­bank for the past two years and has played a key role in driv­ing the com­mu­nity to do­nate food to as­sist those less for­tu­nate.

Food­Bank does an amaz­ing job on var­i­ous lev­els and an area where Hurn has helped has been the School Food Ap­peal – en­cour­ag­ing WA’s pri­mary school stu­dents to put their energy into help­ing oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

This year 34 schools were in­volved and the bar was set by the North Perth Pri­mary School, with the high­est vol­ume of do­nated foods.

Run by the stu­dent coun­cil, the school col­lected al­most 500kg of food, which would pro­vide about 664 meals. All schools to­gether man­aged a to­tal of 5364kg of do­nated food, the equiv­a­lent of 7152 meals.

“It was ter­rific to see the kids re­ally com­mit to such a worth­while pro­ject. To have 34 schools take up the chal­lenge was fan­tas­tic and North Perth Pri­mary School cer­tainly took it to another level,” Hurn said.

“To have kids en­gaged in a broad com­mu­nity pro­ject of this na­ture is very sat­is­fy­ing on so many fronts and they all at­tacked the as­sign­ment with great en­thu­si­asm.

“The re­sult is sig­nif­i­cant as it al­lows Food­bank to reach out even fur­ther in as­sist­ing fam­i­lies who re­ally do need and ap­pre­ci­ate the as­sis­tance.”

The School Food Ap­peal pro­vided food do­na­tions to as­sist Food­bank in their role as a pantry to char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups who feed the hun­gry, and to pro­vide a con­duit be­tween the food in­dus­try’s sur­plus food and the wel­fare sec­tor’s need.

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

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