AS a player, you always hear the conversations around key issues in the AFL – probably the chatter that happens on a Monday morning workplace near the coffee machine.
The talk in the past six or seven weeks has been around West Coast beating a team in the top eight.
Well, we did that on Sunday when we beat the Kangaroos.
It’s nice to tick that box, but within the footy club, it has never been about beating an opponent who occupies a certain position on the premiership table.
Our focus has been about playing the type of footy that can win games against quality opposition.
The result was getting over the line against the Kangaroos on Sunday, but that is not the end game either.
Beating North was important because we need to beat teams in the top half of the ladder if we want to push higher and give ourselves the best chance of achieving the targets we have set ourselves.
From the start of the year, it has been about improving.
If you’re not improving you’re going backwards.
We want to continue to build from the solid platform we have set ourselves.
There was some validation in the win against the Roos but we still have a way to go.
The highlight of the day was winning a game where one of the great characters in the playing group, Sam Butler, was among three players who celebrated milestones.
Butts played his 150th game for the club.
It’s amazing to think he has been here for 13 years and is the last survivor of the 2006 premiership team.
He’s had more than enough injuries during his career but it was great to see him qualify for life membership.
Sharrod Wellingham also played his 150th career game and Elliot Yeo played his 50th game for the club.
It’s always good to win so the boys can celebrate the occasion properly.
But we move on.
We now have some interesting challenges in the weeks ahead, starting with a big game against Carlton at the MCG on Sunday.
The Blues have shown during the year that their best footy can really test the best teams in the competition and we’ll be prepared for that.
It will be great to get back to the G, enjoy the atmosphere and the occasion and hopefully come home with the points.