With Josh Kennedy

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

IT will be great to play at Op­tus Sta­dium against the Pies in the first fi­nal at the new sta­dium and it looks like it will be in front of a record crowd for a sport­ing fix­ture in WA.

Af­ter a week be­tween the last qual­i­fy­ing game against Bris­bane where we had a pretty light sched­ule on the track, we’ll ramp it up this week and build to­wards Satur­day night.

At this time of the year, the in­ter­est and scru­tiny around the AFL gets amped up even fur­ther than it does dur­ing the rest of the year. As a player, you no­tice it; ev­ery­where you go people are talk­ing about the foot­ball and the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

The best eight teams in the com­pe­ti­tion have qual­i­fied for fi­nals, so ev­ery game is go­ing to be a chal­lenge. We start against Colling­wood at Op­tus Sta­dium on Satur­day night and we’re re­ally look­ing forward to it.

We will need to be at our best be­cause they are a qual­ity team and fin­ished third af­ter the home and away sea­son.

It’s great to see our fans so ex­cited about our opportunity but so far all we have done is tick off one im­por­tant box. It’s go­ing to be a big oc­ca­sion and we’ll be up for the chal­lenge.

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