Time to capitalise on top two spot
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.
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