Hop to Hobart with hope
EVERYONE is aware of just how tight the battle for the top 8 has become and just in case you’re not, the ramifications of winning or losing are highlighted on every footy show on television.
Obviously we are aware of the implications from week to week internally, but that is not in our minds as we prepare for each game.
I know it’s a cliche and people get sick of hearing it, but we need to focus on one game at a time.
It was a good win against the Western Bulldogs last Sunday and probably secured a place in the top 8 for us, so now we must win as many of the last five games as possible to push as high up the ladder as we can.
That was our target coming into the season: to qualify as soon as we could and to then push up because that should give us the best chance of success in September.
It has been a good season for us so far, but it is only a platform from which to build.
Having beaten the Bulldogs last Sunday in what was a testing day because of the wind and the rain – and our first experience in those conditions at Optus Stadium – we now need to consolidate.
It was something very different, but the atmosphere was still great.
We have loved the support from our fans at the stadium and although we fell short of the 50,000 mark for the first time this year, there was plenty of noise coming from the 46,854 members and fans.
Our next challenge comes against North Melbourne at Hobart.
We know the Roos will be tough to beat. They have some firepower up forward, some quality through the midfield and some accomplished defenders, so it will be a challenge.