Fans take Ea­gles to a new level

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

WHAT an amaz­ing at­mos­phere at Op­tus Sta­dium last Satur­day night.

We knew it was go­ing to be some­thing spe­cial with close to 60,000 mostly West Coast Ea­gles fans in the sta­dium, but it re­ally was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence.

The fans were a fac­tor with their huge sup­port, get­ting be­hind us when we were be­hind at three-quar­ter-time and then tak­ing it to an­other level when we hit the front in the last quar­ter.

When you’re in the mo­ment, play­ing in a big fi­nal like that against Colling­wood, you don’t think about the level of the game.

But talk­ing to peo­ple since, they reckon the in­ten­sity and pres­sure around the ball made it re­ally ab­sorb­ing.

As a pro­fes­sional player it’s dif­fi­cult to be sit­ting out in­jured when your mates are go­ing out ev­ery week and do­ing their best to give us a shot at play­ing fi­nals football.

It’s tough to not be­come im­pa­tient and try to get back a bit sooner.

But with the metic­u­lous pro­grams set by our med­i­cal and strength and con­di­tion­ing teams, it’s im­por­tant to stick to the guide­lines they set down.

They are the ex­perts and are out­stand­ing at what they do.

It was also high­lighted by Colling­wood bring­ing in Tyson Gold­sack, my op­po­nent on the night, who had not played all sea­son af­ter a knee in­jury in pre-sea­son, and mid­fielder Adam Treloar, who had missed a cou­ple of months with a ham­string is­sue.

They came back and per­formed re­ally well de­spite long ab­sences.

Af­ter win­ning the qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against the Pies, we will now start pre­par­ing for our pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Op­tus Sta­dium on Satur­day week, against ei­ther Hawthorn or Mel­bourne.

We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.

I reckon our fans might even get there in big­ger num­bers than they did for the Colling­wood game and hope­fully set an­other new at­ten­dance record.

With Josh Kennedy

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