Derby done, bring on the Dog­gies SOUTH­ERN AREA WIN­NERS

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

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.

“They lessons.

“The main thing about the com­pe­ti­tion is team work and help­ing each other; it’s not just about who are the best at footy.”

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.


all im­por­tant


West Coast midfielder Chris Mas­ten with the vic­to­ri­ous Beck­en­ham Pri­mary School team.

With Josh Kennedy

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