Fi­nals hopes hang by a fin­ger­nail

Joondalup Times - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

WE have made it hard for our­selves by los­ing to St Kilda last Sun­day but fi­nals are still pos­si­ble.

And as long as that is a re­al­is­tic tar­get, we’ll keep fight­ing to en­sure we are part of the fi­nal eight. If we get there any­thing is pos­si­ble, as we saw last year when the West­ern Bull­dogs came from sev­enth to win the premier­ship.

We have three games to play and if we win them all we’re a chance to make the fi­nals series and might even be able to drop one of those games and still get in.

But we’ll break it down to week-by-week and see where that takes us.

This Satur­day night that’s against Carl­ton at Su­bi­aco Oval and we’re look­ing for­ward to what will be our se­cond last game at Su­bi­aco.

Ob­vi­ously it is an ex­tremely im­por­tant game against the Blues, but rather than fo­cus­ing on the re­sult, we’ll con­cen­trate on the process and see where that takes us. We have con­fi­dence in our game plan and know that when we play at our best we’re ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­one.

All season we have strug­gled a lit­tle with our con­sis­tency, whether that is from game to game or even from quar­ter to quar­ter in some matches. So we can­not af­ford any lapses against the Blues who will cer­tainly take the game up to us.

They will make it a scrap, as they have done all season, and we’ll need to be up for the fight.

Carl­ton have played that way all year and de­spite be­ing a rel­a­tively young team they have rarely been blown away.

Against the Saints we were good for long pe­ri­ods but strug­gled to get the ball out of our back half in the last quar­ter and they fin­ished the game bet­ter.

We ex­pect Carl­ton will bring a ‘noth­ing to lose’ at­ti­tude and we will also need to be brave and bold with the ball in our hands.

When we were able to work the ball through the St Kilda de­fence we looked very dan­ger­ous and were able to score but could not hold back the Saints through the mid­dle. We will look to change that this week.

It will be a quick six-day turnaround and we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting out there and try­ing to win an­other im­por­tant game.

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