Josh Kennedy: GWS will be a measure for West Coast Eagles

Josh Kennedy: GWS will be a measure for West Coast Eagles

THE most important thing about our Western Derby win was that we were able to lock away a spot in the finals.

We now have some challenging games ahead of us, against GWS at Olympic Park, followed by Hawthorn at home and Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.

They are three of the top four teams so it will give us a good chance to measure ourselves against some of the teams that are expected to play a big part in the finals series.

We are hoping to impact what happens in September as well, so hopefully we can sustain the form.

It was great to see so many West Coast fans enjoying the win after the derby on Sunday – hopefully there’s more to come.

We do know how much it means to our members and supporters to win the local showdown and we’re rapt to be able to put a smile on people’s faces.

We knew Fremantle would come out hard; derbies are always pretty tough matches so we thought the Dockers, who have not met their own standards this year, would be keen to make a statement.

That’s why the win was so satisfying.

Fremantle had a good lead and carried momentum with them until about the middle stages of the second quarter.

Then we slowly started to turn that around.

With the boys in the midfield getting their hands on the ball, that gave those of us in the forward line some opportunities and we started to hit the scoreboard.

We played a milestone against the Dockers in the first derby of the year when Pridda played his 200th and then Will Schofield played his 150th this week.