With Josh Kennedy

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

THE elim­i­na­tion fi­nal win against Port Ade­laide was one of the most amaz­ing games I have ever played in.

For me it was the first time I had played in a game that went into ex­tra time and as far as I know none of the other guys had been through it ei­ther.

It was ac­tu­ally quite weird when the reg­u­lar game time came to an end. We knew there would be ex­tra time, but we weren’t re­ally sure what would hap­pen next; whether we had a bit of a break with the coaches com­ing down to ad­dress us and which way we were kick­ing.

Once that was sorted, it was a case of re­set­ting and get­ting on with it again.

Games like that can go ei­ther way and it was re­mark­able that it still came down to the last kick, with Luke Shuey tak­ing a shot at goal af­ter the siren. I had com­plete faith in “Boots” be­cause he is one of the best kicks at the club.

No one was sur­prised when he split the mid­dle with that kick and we ad­vanced into the sec­ond week of the fi­nals.

It was crazy on the ground im­me­di­ately af­ter Boots nailed the goal and then in the rooms when we went there af­ter the game. We en­joyed the vic­tory that night, but were on a plane first thing Sun­day morn­ing and pretty soon we were switch­ing our at­ten­tion to the next game.

We play GWS in Syd­ney next Satur­day night and while the win against Port was re­ally special, we have to get on with the job of play­ing the Gi­ants.

That was ac­tu­ally the scene of one of the other great games I have played in, when Nic Nai­tanui kicked the win­ning goal in the dy­ing sec­onds about a year ago, so we have good mem­o­ries of play­ing at Syd­ney Show­ground Sta­dium as well.

It was also only a few weeks ago that we played the Gi­ants and we were right in that game be­fore they kicked away late to win by as tick over three goals.

It’s an­other sud­den death fi­nal and we’re look­ing for­ward to it.

We will have a few days of recovery and train­ing and then be back on a plane to the east coast, to get ready for the next big chal­lenge.

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