Thriller was a fit­ting farewell to Subi Oval

FI­NALS NOWOUR FO­CUS AF­TER SUBI SEND-OFF

Mandurah Coastal Times - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

SUN­DAY was a re­ally spe­cial day at Su­bi­aco Oval when the West Coast Ea­gles played their last game at the ground that has been home for the club for 31 years.

As play­ers we were aware of the plans the club had in place to farewell and cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, but our job was to fo­cus on the game it­self.

It was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent know­ing that win­ning would not be enough and we had to win by more than three goals to give our­selves any chance of play­ing fi­nals. It was un­usual to have a mar­gin in mind but we had to lock into the process of our game plan and worry about the per­mu­ta­tions af­ter that.

As soon as Colling­wood beat Mel­bourne the day be­fore, we knew we had a chance and could at least con­trol our own des­tiny. There was the chance of an ad­di­tional way through to Septem­ber with Fre­man­tle play­ing Essendon, but the Colling­wood re­sult had al­ready given us life.

We knew beat­ing Ade­laide, who were top of the ta­ble, was go­ing to be an enor­mous chal­lenge, but were con­fi­dent we could get the job done.

It turned out we won by 29 points and will now go to Ade­laide to play Port Ade­laide at Ade­laide Oval in a fort­night’s time.

At three-quar­ter time against the Crows we knew what we had to do and it was only then that we started to think about what we needed to keep our sea­son tick­ing. If we could win the last quar­ter we knew we would play fi­nals.

So that was the sim­ple equa­tion. It was still go­ing to be tough and we had to work hard to kick a cou­ple of late goals to get the mar­gin to the level we needed to get our per­cent­age above Mel­bourne.

Once the siren sounded the play­ers could also en­joy the mo­ment and join in the cel­e­bra­tions with our fans, which was some­thing re­ally spe­cial.

The post-game ac­tiv­i­ties on the ground were fan­tas­tic and a bril­liant way for the club to bring down the cur­tain on our long his­tory at the ground. I have some great per­sonal and team mem­o­ries of play­ing at Su­bi­aco Oval and it will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent play­ing at the new Perth Sta­dium un­til we get com­fort­able and it feels like home.

As a club we will con­tinue to be based at the ground for the next 12 months and will train there through­out 2018 so we won’t be say­ing good­bye per­ma­nently un­til we re-lo­cate to Lath­lain Park in about 18 months from now.

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