AFTER the win against Gold Coast last Saturday night, West Coast coach Adam Simpson said he was proud of the boys. Just as proud as he had been a week earlier against Port Adelaide when we won a big game at Adelaide Oval.
A lot of supporters might be a little bit confused by that, but it was about backing up after a big win.
And going into the game against the Suns everyone was talking about their injury list. They reckon they had only 24 fit players to pick from and that can be a little dangerous mentally.
We were also down one of only two big bodies in the back half with Jeremy McGovern ruled out on game day after a knock to the calf against Power.
That�s why Simmo was a bit nervous. In the end there was nothing to worry about and we produced a very good performance, particularly in tough conditions.
Winning can become a habit and we have now four games in a row, but it doesn�t just flow from one game to the next. Sure, you need to take a bit of time to celebrate a victory, but after enjoying it for a day or so, it�s about re-focusing for the next game.
That�s the nature of the AFL these days. There isn�t a lot of let-up.
After singing the song, relaxing for a few moments and then starting the recovery process it starts pretty quickly as you look forward to the next week. That�s even more the case when travelling.
You make sure you strap anything that�s a bit sore, maybe a compression bandage if you�ve received a knock to the body and give yourself the best chance to recover.
It�s pretty frantic from one week to the next, so it was good, after a six-day turn around to get the points.
Over the first seven weeks of the season we�ve produced some pretty consistent footy and one of the most pleasing aspects of it, has been the number of younger guys who have stepped up and taken great responsibility.
I�d even include someone like Chris Masten in that, who has been outstanding. I didn�t particularly enjoy having the red vest on for the last quarter against the Suns, but I did get the chance to sit back and watch Mast go about his work.
He picked up an incredible 20 possessions in the last quarter, while others like Brad Sheppard, Elliot Yeo, Jamie Cripps, Dom Sheed, Liam Duggan and Jackson Nelson have all made us a better team this year.
Fraser McInnes and Cal Sinclair are two of the bigger bodied guys who have also stepped up.
It�s an exciting group and we�re building. Our challenge is to sustain the effort and continue to improve as the season progresses.