Cats are purring, so challenge awaits
BACKING up after a six-day break is one of the challenges in front of us as we prepare to go to Geelong this week.
We didn’t spend too long reviewing the Collingwood win on Sunday before switching our attention to the next big task against the Cats.
You do enjoy it for a little bit, but within 24 hours we have usually dissected the game, analysed the areas that worked well for us and identified some of the areas to work on.
There is no such thing as the perfect game so you always come away with a few things that need to be addressed. We started well against Collingwood, had some really good periods, but they put us under some genuine pressure in the middle stages of the contest.
We we will need to play at our best against the Cats who beat Gold Coast by more than 100 points last Saturday night. Geelong is another venue where there is a strong home ground advantage, but we’re keen to take our best form there.
Our focus is on playing our best regardless of the venue and to get the job done against the Cats.
It won’t come easily because Geelong are one of the quality teams in the competition. They recruited strongly and have added some genuine class to their line-up with Patrick Dangerfield the highest profile to join them.
He’s one of the outstanding midfielders in the competition, but ruckman Zac Smith, who joined them from Gold Coast, is also a quality player. Blended in with a bunch of guys already in their system, they are a formidable opponent. WHILE the West Coast Eagles spent Anzac Day in Sydney this year, players, fans and members were given another opportunity to honour Australia’s armed forces at the home game against Collingwood on Sunday.
In particular, the club wanted to honour the Vietnam veterans, especially those who fought in the Battle of Long Tan, one of the most significant conflicts of the Vietnam War in which 18 Australians lost their lives.
Members of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, including three Battle of Long Tan survivors, stood in a guard of honour before the match, giving fans and members an opportunity to pay tribute to the men and their families.
Members were encouraged to wear their medals to the match, where volunteers from the Navy collected donations for Legacy.
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said it was important for the club to recognise Australia's veterans and current serving members of our defence forces, irrespective of whether the club hosted an Anzac round fixture.
“Legacy has been a charitable partner of the club for many years and our members love to get behind the cause. This year was also a great opportunity to honour the Vietnam Veterans in the 50th Anniversary of the war,” he said.
In previous years, West Coast has hosted Sydney for the HMAS Sydney II Trophy, but this year the Swans hosted the fixture at the SCG and reclaimed the trophy with a 39-point win.
West Coast captain Shannon Hurn leads the Eagles on to the field through a guard of honour formed by members of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.