Last week's all over, now to cut down the high-flying Eagles

Phil Davis -Apr 13, 2012

There's no hiding from the fact it was a big loss against North Melbourne - but it didn't take long for the boys to put it behind them.

We had to - we've got a big game against a top-four side on Sunday.

The West Coast Eagles have emerged as one of the top teams in the AFL and have had a great start to the season.

But we plan to give them a hostile reception when we play our first AFL game at Blacktown.

We were extremely disappointed with how we performed against the Kangaroos but by Monday afternoon we'd already moved on.

Coach Kevin Sheedy's message was simple - we weren't good enough.

The great thing about footy is there's no point dwelling on the past, you've got to look at your mistakes and then hit the track to work on them so you don't make them again.

That's why our experienced players are so valuable.

Players like my co-captain Luke Power and James McDonald have been through it all before.

Both have been involved in big losses over the years at Brisbane and Melbourne respectively, while our former Port Adelaide boys, Chad Cornes and Dean Brogan, were involved in the biggest ever grand final defeat when they went down to Geelong in 2007.

I'm sure they won't mind me mentioning that one.

A few gags were thrown around by the boys at training and no one likes a joke more than our Irish lad, Setanta O'hAilpin.

While he's been out injured, his experience around the club has still been invaluable and it won't be long before he's providing a big, strong target in our forward line.

One of our young forwards was the clear highlight our loss to the Roos.

Jeremy Cameron booted four goals - half our tally - and was nominated for the Rising Star Award.

It was a huge effort and I really think he's going to be a star.

He's got a big bag of tricks already and is making life hard for us defenders at training.

With Dermott Brereton coming on board as a forward coach next week, he's only going to get better.

Jeremy's award created a buzz around the club and all the lads are jostling to try to be the second Giant nominated.

I saw about a quarter of the epic clash between two premiership fancies, Geelong and Hawthorn.

I can imagine the day we're running onto ANZ Stadium in front of a sea of orange and 80,000 people erupt at the first bounce.

It's why we play footy.

If we can develop a similar rivalry with Sydney it'll be a special day to be involved with the club.

Phil Davis is co-captain of the Greater Western Sydney Giants

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