Com­ing rounds set to de­cide fi­nals fate

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal - With Josh Kennedy

THE sense of history in the West­ern Derby was not lost on the play­ers and it added to the achieve­ment of win­ning against Fre­man­tle.

Ob­vi­ously the derby gets a lot of at­ten­tion in this state be­cause there is a large per­cent­age of footy fans who sup­port one of the two lo­cal clubs.

Given the history of Aussie Rules Foot­ball at Su­bi­aco Oval, the sig­nif­i­cance of Sun­day be­ing the last clash be­tween West Coast and Fre­man­tle at the tra­di­tional home in WA was pretty spe­cial. So we re­ally en­joyed the win.

It was great to fight it out and get the re­sult and while it’s all about the team per­for­mance, all of the play­ers were pleased to see skip­per Shan­non Hurn win the Ross Glendin­ning Medal.

Bunga has had a ter­rific sea­son and he, with the rest of the de­fend­ers, stood up against a high vol­ume of foot­ball go­ing into the Fre­man­tle for­ward 50.

While we know that most fans get re­ally ex­cited about the der­bies, for us it’s sim­ply busi­ness as usual, even though we ap­pre­ci­ated that this match car­ried a lit­tle more sig­nif­i­cance than nor­mal.

For me, it was just good to be out there on the field af­ter strain­ing a calf in round 10.

It has been a long, slow process in get­ting fit and back out in the mid­dle and it was great to be out there com­pet­ing again.

It’s not a great deal of fun sit­ting in the coaches’ box watch­ing games where you have ab­so­lutely no con­trol over what is hap­pen­ing out in the mid­dle.

It was good to kick an early goal too, but it was all about the team and we’re all hop­ing we can build from here.

We’re in a scrap with a lot of other con­tenders fight­ing for a spot in the top eight so we hope to gen­er­ate some mo­men­tum go­ing from here.

The run home will be chal­leng­ing, fin­ish­ing with our last game against Ade­laide in round 23.

That match should be pretty spe­cial too be­cause that will be the last AFL match at Su­bi­aco Oval.

Be­fore we get to that game, we have some in­ter­est­ing bat­tles ahead, start­ing with the clash against Colling­wood at Dock­lands Sta­dium next Sun­day.

That is go­ing to be a tough match but we’ll be up for the chal­lenge as we work to­wards lock­ing down a spot in the top eight.

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