Get­ting ready for when Saints march in

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

A LOT of ques­tions are be­ing asked of West Coast and par­tic­u­larly our form on the road.

We are ask­ing the same ques­tions in­ter­nally and try­ing to iden­tify and ad­dress the rea­sons why we haven’t played at our best in­ter­state this sea­son. We’ll keep chip­ping away at a few lit­tle things un­til we get it right.

While we hadn’t met a num­ber of our key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors, we were right in the game be­fore the Cats ral­lied again in the last quar­ter.

It’s dis­ap­point­ing that we haven’t got it right just yet, but the play­ers and coach­ing staff are work­ing to­gether to try iron out the is­sues.

Our fo­cus now shifts to St Kilda this week and we know they are go­ing to be a big chal­lenge for us at Su­bi­aco oval next Sun­day. They are a good young team who are play­ing some ex­cit­ing footy and they were a lit­tle un­lucky against the un­de­feated North Mel­bourne last week­end.

The Saints fought back from more than four goals down in the mid­dle of the last quar­ter and scores were all locked up with a minute to go.

We know that we will have to play well from start to fin­ish be­cause they will keep com­ing and will cer­tainly run the game out. They have a good blend of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth, so it will be an in­ter­est­ing game.

It’s an im­por­tant game for us be­cause we would like to string to­gether our best form and it would be good to get it started against the Saints.

It is rare for a sea­son to bowl along with­out hav­ing some chal­lenges along the way and we know we can play bet­ter.

We also know we can’t shy away from it, we have to have a look at the rea­sons for it and knuckle un­til we get it right.

We also know we have a lot of ta­lent within our squad and that we can find the im­prove­ment we’re look­ing for. THEY are cer­tainly a lit­tle older and pos­si­bly a lit­tle wiser – and still do­ing great things in­volv­ing foot­ball.

A group of for­mer West Coast stars will this week­end con­tinue the tra­di­tion of or­gan­is­ing Cans for a Cause in sup­port of the club’s char­ity part­ner Food­bank.

The an­nual col­lec­tion en­ables West Coast fans to do­nate cans of food and canned meals that Food­bank can use to pro­vide meals for those in need.

Last year’s drive net­ted more than five tonnes of food – the equiv­a­lent of more than 7000 meals.

Food­bank chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Heb­ble said Cans for a Cause en­abled his or­gan­i­sa­tion to feed even more peo­ple in need.

“The canned goods col­lected on Sun­day will help us pro­vide win­ter sta­ple foods that will be dis­trib­uted across our six branches in WA,” he said.

“We en­cour­age all fans to bring along canned soup, tinned meals and canned fruits and veg­eta­bles.”

Col­lec­tively nick­named the Owls (older, wiser, larger, slower play­ers), the for­mer play­ers in­volved this year in­clude Ash­ley McIn­tosh, Glen Jakovich, Michael Braun, Ross Glendin­ning, Phil Narkle, Dean Cox, Mark Ni­coski and Dean Irvine.

West Coast cap­tain Shan­non Hurn, a Food­bank am­bas­sador, en­cour­aged fans head­ing to Sun­day’s home game against St Kilda to bring a can of food with them.

Food­bank do­na­tion bins will be lo­cated around the sta­dium.

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

Ross Glendin­ning, Phil Narkle, Dean Cox, Mark Ni­coski, Dean Irvine, Food­bank WA CEO Greg Heb­ble, Shan­non Hurn and Adam Sel­wood.

With Josh Kennedy

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