Time to cap­i­talise on top two spot

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way -

with Josh Kennedy THE qual­i­fy­ing rounds of the AFL sea­son have been very sat­is­fy­ing, but now it’s about mak­ing the most of the op­por­tu­nity we have cre­ated.

It was great to fin­ish in sec­ond place, which guar­an­tees us two home fi­nals, but for us that is just the start­ing point for the next, ex­cit­ing phase of the sea­son.

By win­ning 16 games and draw­ing one, we have cre­ated a great plat­form to launch into Septem­ber, start­ing with Hawthorn at Su­bi­aco Oval on Fri­day night.

Af­ter a cou­ple of years where our sea­son has come to an end at this stage of the year, it’s great to be play­ing in Septem­ber and we’ll just suck up the at­mos­phere, en­joy what’s ahead of us and do ev­ery­thing we can to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial to­gether.

When you start pre-sea­son and put in the hard slog over sum­mer, this is why you do it. So you should cher­ish the op­por­tu­nity and do ev­ery­thing you can to cap­i­talise.

But again, this re­ally is the stage where you take it match by match. I know ‘one week at a time’ is a cliche, but that’s ex­actly how we have to look at it. You can’t get caught up in all the ‘what if?’ sce­nar­ios.

That’s why for us, against St Kilda, we kept it pretty sim­ple. As long as we beat the Saints we would lock down sec­ond spot, but we had to fo­cus on play­ing our game and the rest would take care of it­self.

Now that we’re into a fi­nals se­ries, we know the in­ten­sity will lift, es­pe­cially first up against the Hawks. We have the ben­e­fit of hav­ing played them a few weeks ago, but we know this game will lift a notch or two.

We’re ready and can’t wait to play. REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from peo­ple’s move­ment Recog­nise last week vis­ited West Coast’s head­quar­ters to ad­dress the club’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ac­tion plan work­ing group.

Recog­nise is the peo­ple’s move­ment to recog­nise Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples in the Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion and en­sure there is no place in it for racial dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The Ea­gles es­tab­lished a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ac­tion plan last year, which demon­strates re­spect for in­dige­nous cul­ture and helps cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple.

As a part of West Coast’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to sup­port these com­mu­ni­ties in WA, the club re­cently do­nated signed West Coast Ea­gles in­dige­nous guernseys to sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions.

These in­cluded Recog­nise, as well as the Depart­ment of Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs, Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Sup­port, Fair Game, Fu­ture Foot­prints, WA Mu­seum and Ny­oon­gar Well­be­ing and Sports.

The West Coast Ea­gles in­dige­nous guernsey was worn for the first time in 2014’s In­dige­nous Round, with each player re­ceiv­ing an ad­di­tional guernsey to sign and do­nate to a lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The club has a long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to as­sist­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples, as demon­strated through the ap­point­ment of the AFL’s first in­dige­nous li­ai­son of­fi­cer, Phil Narkle, and on­go­ing sup­port of the Wir­rpanda Foun­da­tion.

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

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