Getting ready for when Saints march in
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.
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Ross Glendinning, Phil Narkle, Dean Cox, Mark Nicoski, Dean Irvine, Foodbank WA CEO Greg Hebble, Shannon Hurn and Adam Selwood.