Well, what a great day it was on Saturday at the West Coast Eagles Fan Day for 2017. The sun was out and there were lots of things to do outside gate 10 at. Domain Stadium.
As I was about to enter through the big yellow archway, there was a SGIO super kicking competition there. The top 10 winners who kicked the ball the fastest through the top or bottom won free tickets to a home game.
McDonald’s community support was there giving away packets of biscuits and also they had a spinning wheel. Next to them was the 96fm stall, they had a game called the Million Dollar Kick and they gave away lollies and chips while their music was playing.
Opposite them was The West Australian, who was giving away the Saturday Paper. The Cappuccino Xpress were there selling some refreshments. There was also a first aid station there as well. They had balloon making and lots of the children had blue and yellow swords and dogs the balloon makers looked busy.
At 10.30am they had open training where the West Coast Eagle team were a number of drills. Rick the Rock was saying hello to the fans and having lots of photos. It was great to see the team training and seeing all the fans watching them while listening to cool music. The MC was Ross Glendening, and he interviewed Simon Tunbridge, who revealed that he and Nic Naitanui were going overseas to receive physio treatment. Ross also interviewed Willie Rioli and then it was time to interview the coach, Adam Simpson. Adam spoke about how Sam Mitchell is fitting in and having tough conversations with players about selection issues.
Meanwhile back at gate 10, activities were still going on. Edith Cowan University were there, promoting sports science and other information for the university. The East Perth football club were also there offering junior memberships.
At the West Coast Eagles Cheer Zone, fans got their faces painted and received temporary tattoos. Full WCE coloured stripes was the most popular look for the day. The West Coast staff were also handing out 2017 squad posters.
The chill zone appeared quite popular, as fans flocked to use the bouncy castle and test their skills out at the vertical jump stations.
The West Coast Eagle Team Store was kept busy too. The most sold items were caps, mainly the white ones because they can be signed easier.
Lots of people were lined up at the photo booth with the 2006 AFL Premiership cup. You were able to have a photo holding the premiership cup and then it was printed off so you could keep it. The West Coast Eagles handball station was near it. The obstacle course had more 80 people having a go.
After the training session the WCE 2017 players came out and joined in at the activities. Sam Mitchell was at the obstacle course and Mark LeCras was at the kicking cube.
I spoke with Yvonne from the Birds of Prey about Auzzie the Eagle and Micro. She said they were ready for the new season. When I asked how many people had held Micro, she said thousands. Jamie Cripps and Sam Butler were having photos with Auzzie the Eagle and fans as well.
As the day was coming to the end, Rick the Rock had a push up competition with two fans and they won a signed cap.
Jackson Nelson also got on stage and Ross Glendening asked him about the JLT game on Thursday night. He later had a handball game with some enthusiastic fans.
What a great day we all had at the 2017 Fan Day, thanks to the West Coast Eagles. We all look forward to a great 2017 season.