Greeting season with excitement
NO matter how long you have been in the ‘system’, it gets pretty exciting when a new season begins.
After a couple of pre-season matches, it was great to finally get out there for the opening round of the new season against Brisbane last week.
The butterflies, the nerves, and the sense of getting ready to run out with your teammates were all back.
And with that first game out of the way, you start to get a bit more routine into your life. For us, it was a recovery session down at the beach on Easter Monday, training again Tuesday and Thursday, and we’ll then head off to Melbourne on Friday.
That’s our routine for so much of the year, jumping on a plane every second week and heading to Melbourne.
We’re all looking forward to the challenge of playing Hawthorn at the MCG.
Last time we played them, it didn’t go to plan. The Hawks have won the past three grand finals, so they’re the best team in the competition and it will be good to see how our team measures up against them at this early stage of the season.
This will not be a season-defining game so early into 2016, but it will provide us with some idea of where we sit at this point.
It’s a long demanding year, but every week shapes the season in some form. We’ll be keen to win, but it won’t be about finding redemption.
We have to look forward, win as many games as we can as quickly as we can to ensure we get a crack at the finals. Once we have done that, we will then take aim at finishing as high up the table as we can. That was our approach last year and it got us to the grand final. THE West Coast Eagles have a new junior No.1 ticket holder and he’s already kicking goals off the field.
After growing his hair for more than two years, Jack Churchman got it chopped off last week by West Coast Eagles Cancer Council WA ambassadors Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff, raising more than $9000 for Cancer Council WA.
The Bassendean nineyear-old has been running Jack’s Big Cut – his Cancer Council WA fundraising campaign – since 2014 after being inspired by young people living with cancer.
“There were some kids in my sister’s class who had cancer and it was hard for them,” he said. “I felt really bad for them; I just wanted to help.”
Luke Shuey, who cut Jack’s hair, said he was amazed at Jack’s fundraising efforts.
“What Jack has done has blown me away; raising $9000 for Cancer Council WA is outstanding,” Shuey said.
While Jack was going to have a break from fundraising to allow his hair to return to a more manageable state, he did have one piece of advice for people who were thinking about giving fundraising a go.
“Some people might think they are too small or too young to help people with cancer, but everyone can do something,” Jack said. “If I did it, so can you, so just do it for cancer.”
Jack’s great community efforts led to the additional surprise of being honoured with the junior No.1 ticket-holder’s mantle, where he follows on from Zac Mainwaring.
Jack is a junior member, but had donated the funds he would normally commit to paying for it towards his commitment on behalf of Cancer Council WA.
He has rarely been to an Eagles game, but will now have two tickets to every home game for the next two years.
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Andrew Gaff and Luke Shuey prepare to chop off Jack Churchman's locks.