SOMETIMES it’s hard to identify what comes first when a team gets on a winning roll.
But at the West Coast Eagles the key has been the unity that we enjoy.
You can’t manufacture that sense of camaraderie; you either have it or you don’t and our bond as a playing group has been building for a few years.
Sure, some players have come and gone in that time, but we’re all mates at the club and we enjoy each other’s success, which in turn creates team success.
It’s a lot of fun at the moment and I guess winning makes it even more enjoyable, but there is no doubt that because of the environment that has been forged in the last few years, we have been able to play some pretty good footy.
Most people who were making pre-season predictions would be surprised that we have won nine games in a row and sitting on top of the ladder and certainly we didn’t set a win-loss target at the start of the year.
Our goals have always been to win as many games as we need to guarantee a finals position as quickly as possible and that is now within reach after chalking up nine wins.
We probably need 13 wins to be assured of playing finals and although we are happy with where we’re at, we haven’t achieved anything yet.
We just have to continue building on what is a solid platform.
The win against the Hawks last Sunday was very satisfying because it was a good, tight contest throughout.
We really had to work hard to get over the line against them and we always knew that would be the case.
We have great respect for Hawthorn who have been the standard bearer of the competition for the last decade so it was a very pleasing win.
We enjoyed the moment and the flight home is always better after a win.
So far our away record is unblemished, with three wins in Melbourne and one in Sydney.
We also won an away derby so that has been pretty pleasing.
After celebrating the win against the Hawks on Sunday night, we switched our attention quickly to St Kilda.
If we can beat them we will go into our bye, have a break to refresh both body and mind and re-set for the second half of the year.