Hop to Ho­bart with hope

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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