Derby done, bring on the Doggies SOUTHERN AREA WINNERS
A LOT of people, particularly in the media, pumped up our derby victory over Fremantle and that’s great.
But internally, we celebrate the win for 24 hours, get through recovery on Monday and then start building to the next game.
While that’s the attitude inside the club, we do understand what it means to our fans and we’re really excited for them.
You do hear all the talk in derby week and how West Coast supporters were so keen for us to end a six-game losing streak.
But we couldn’t focus on the past, we had to focus on the now.
It was satisfying because we have really enjoyed competing against the best sides in the competition. Obviously Fremantle sits at the top of the table so to beat them was important just because of what it does for our quest to finish as high as we can.
We can’t control anything that happens around us with the results of other clubs, so our fate is in our own hands. We just have to keep winning and see where that puts us at the end of the qualifying rounds.
It doesn’t get any easier either as we play the Western Bulldogs at Subiaco Oval next Sunday. They are in the top four and belted Melbourne by 100 points last week, so we know they’re going to be ready for this. It’s a game with high stakes, so we’re expecting another big build-up.
We’ll get Lecca back this week and maybe Nic Naitanui. In their absence, the boys who have been given an opportunity have really stepped up. The key is to have every player commit to their role and they certainly did that on Sunday. WEST Coast players presented trophies last week to 30 winning schools from the 2015 Eagles Cup competition.
Eagles Cup is WA’s primary interschool competition for years 5 to 7 students.
Players such as Chris Masten visited the winning schools, where they congratulated students for taking part in the competition, held a question and answer sessions, signed autographs and posed for photos.
“It was so great to see the enthusiasm the kids show for the Eagles Cup,” Masten said.
“It’s a great way for kids to get in- volved in footy early on.
“Not only is it a great way to stay active and a part of a great program, but sport is one of the best ways to make friends, keep fit and healthy, and learn how to be part of a team.
“The main thing about the competition is team work and helping each other; it’s not just about who are the best at footy.”
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West Coast midfielder Chris Masten with the victorious Beckenham Primary School team.