AFL Grand Final: memorable time for West Coast Eagles players and fans

Players and fans celebrate after a preliminary final goal. Picture: Jon Hewson
Players and fans celebrate after a preliminary final goal. Picture: Jon Hewson

THE past few weeks have provided me and my West Coast Eagles teammates with some of the best memories of our careers.

That’s not just because we have won our way into the AFL grand final and given ourselves the chance to live out our childhood dreams.

Obviously we’re excited to be in that position and are looking forward to it, but the finals campaign has been really special.

I don’t know the reason, but the atmosphere at Subiaco Oval has been unbelievable.

Again, last Saturday night in the preliminary final against North Melbourne, the crowd noise was deafening.

Their support was really important and no doubt that helped get us going when we were a bit slow out of the blocks.

To see the pure joy on fans’ faces post-match was really something special.

Having said that, the feeling among the boys has also been something special.

There is a great bond in this playing group and that unity has been a key to what we have achieved so far this season.

It’s not just the 22 or 24 blokes who have played in those two finals either.

The whole squad has been together on this journey.

If we manage to get up against Hawthorn in the grand final, it will be because every player on the list has played a part in some way.

While we want to treat this week as normal as possible, we know that’s not realistic.

We will prepare to take Hawthorn on at their best. We know that’s formidable, but we also know our best is good enough to succeed against them.