Big chance at home

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Ob­vi­ously it’s an ad­van­tage to have a full house, with mostly our fans in the seats, but again that does not guar­an­tee any­thing. 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 and while we un­der­stand the hype and are ex­cited about this phase of the sea­son, so far all we have done is tick off one im­por­tant box.

When you start pre­sea­son train­ing it’s all about be­ing in­volved in Septem­ber, be­ing part of the AFL fi­nals se­ries.

We have man­aged to qual­ify in sec­ond po­si­tion, which is a great plat­form, but we know it brings no guar­an­tees.

We have worked hard to be in this po­si­tion, not just this sea­son but over the past few years.

This is our fourth fi­nals cam­paign in a row and it’s im­por­tant to con­sis­tently give your­self a chance.

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