Cats are purring, so chal­lenge awaits

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sports - with Josh Kennedy

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.

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