With Josh Kennedy

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

THE at­mos­phere at all of our games at Op­tus Sta­dium has been amaz­ing, but the two fi­nals have been at an­other level.

The noise around the ground last week against Mel­bourne was deaf­en­ing and it cer­tainly helped get us go­ing.

When you start pre-sea­son train­ing, putting in the hard yards dur­ing the sum­mer, it’s all about do­ing what­ever you can to give you a shot at suc­cess.

That hap­pens across all 18 clubs, but only a cou­ple get the chance to cap­i­talise on that work.

While it’s clearly the big­gest game of the year, we’ll stick to our usual trav­el­ling rou­tine.

We’ll catch a Vir­gin flight at the nor­mal time, stay at the same place, eat the same meals.

The only thing that will change will be our train­ing time on Fri­day be­cause ev­ery­thing will need to fit around the grand fi­nal pa­rade.

Our job will be to fo­cus on the prepa­ra­tion and per­for­mance for the game.

All the other things that hap­pen around it will be ar­ranged by staff at the club.

We are look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing ev­ery­thing that’s as­so­ci­ated with the game and our fans should do like­wise.

They have been ex­tra­or­di­nary this year, turn­ing out in such big num­bers.

At the MCG it will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but I ex­pect a lot of our fans will get across there and sup­port as strongly as ever.

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