Team ef­fort trans­lates into thump­ing win

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MORE LO­CAL SPORT AT COM­MU­NI­TYNEWS.COM.AU WHEN you win by 100 points, most peo­ple in­stinc­tively cel­e­brate the work of the for­wards.

It was great to get some early touches against the Saints, but it was more sat­is­fy­ing be­cause the team kicked nine goals in the first quar­ter and it meant that St Kilda was go­ing to need some­thing re­ally spe­cial from there to up­set us.

And while the fans look at the guys kick­ing the goals, it is our job to fin­ish off the work of the boys fur­ther down the field.

Some­times things fall for you and with my­self and Lecca con­tribut­ing 11 goals be­tween us, it was pretty sat­is­fy­ing. But our chances to con­vert were cre­ated by the pres­sure through the mid­field and a strong com­mit­ment to our team de­fence.

We just hap­pened to get on the end of that work and had the chance to cap­i­talise on the ef­forts of our team­mates. We all have our roles to play. Against St Kilda ev­ery­thing pretty much clicked from the start.

Nic Nai­tanui, Matt Prid­dis, Luke Shuey and An­drew Gaff were dom­i­nant around the stop­pages and if the ball did go St Kilda’s way we had our de­fend­ers so of­ten in­ter­cept­ing as they pushed for­ward.

Ev­ery week there is an­other chal­lenge and for us this Satur­day it will come against Port Ade­laide at Ade­laide Oval.

We have some pretty good mem­o­ries of play­ing at their new home ground and are look­ing for­ward to this con­test. EA­GLES rookie-list play­ers Kane Lu­cas and Corey Adam­son have just re­turned from the Pil­bara, where they were in­volved with a men­tor­ing pro­gram called Kick­ing Goals.

Adam­son and the club’s sports sci­en­tist Con­nor Clancy went to Port Hed­land with 30 GPS units which they used to test stu­dents’ speed, agility and en­durance.

“It’s great to come up and see how much the kids take away from the pro­gram,” Adam­son said.

“Bring­ing other staff mem­bers up is es­pe­cially im­por­tant. Not ev­ery­one can be a foot­baller so to show them what other op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able in sport, it re­ally opens up their eyes.”

Lu­cas and Ea­gles in the Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer James Grab­ski worked on coach­ing skills with stu­dents in Newman.

West Coast play­ers and staff make five trips to the Pil­bara each year for the Kick­ing Goals pro­gram.

Run with Swan Districts Foot­ball Club and with the sup­port of BHP Bil­li­ton, Kick­ing Goals is one of the largest re­gion­al­based AFL men­tor­ing pro­grams in Aus­tralia.

The pro­gram is cur­ricu­lum based and en­cour­ages stu­dents to main­tain cer­tain KPIs to re­main in­volved.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles. CON­FIR­MA­TION that the State Gov­ern­ment will con­trib­ute $10 mil­lion to­wards the Lath­lain Park re­de­vel­op­ment is a boon for the area set to be­come West Coast’s new head­quar­ters.

The funds, spread across four years and chan­nelled through the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, will see work on two ovals, light­ing, score­board, two-lane syn­thetic run­ning track and path­ways.

West Coast will build its own ad­min­is­tra­tion and train­ing head­quar­ters at the site and is hope­ful of mov­ing in 2018.

“Im­por­tantly, from our club’s per­spec­tive, part of the first phase of the de­vel­op­ment will in­clude scopes on the two ovals,” West Coast Ea­gles chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Trevor Nis­bett said.

“There will be sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity ben­e­fit from that ini­tia­tive, as well as the as­so­ci­ated im­prove­ments.

“The im­pact our club can have on the broader com­mu­nity is an im­por­tant plat­form in our ra­tio­nale for re-lo­ca­tion.

“The Wir­rpanda Foun­da­tion will also be based at Lath­lain Park and to­gether with our ex­ten­sive raft of ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity pro­grams, we are ex­cited at the op­por­tu­ni­ties the fu­ture holds.

“This is so much about cre­at­ing a healthy en­vi­ron­ment for the next gen­er­a­tion and those to come.”

West Coast sports sci­en­tist Con­nor Clancy and stu­dents in Newman.

With Josh Kennedy

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