Back in the hunt af­ter big vic­tory

Midland Reporter - - Sport -

THERE is never one week that is ex­actly the same as the next in AFL footy.

The week af­ter we lost to Colling­wood, when we dropped away in the last quar­ter, there was a fair bit of hys­te­ria about the po­si­tion the club was in.

We un­der­stand this is a re­sults-driven in­dus­try, but the fall­out seemed a bit over the top.

We lost a game that we had ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to win, it was ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing and it has made the chal­lenge of push­ing into the fi­nals a bit tougher, but our sea­son is still alive.

Beat­ing Bris­bane on Sun­day means we’re back in the top eight and we have to keep win­ning to make sure we stay there.

Ob­vi­ously the big­gest news in the week lead­ing into the game against the Lions was the de­ci­sion of Matt Prid­dis to re­tire at the end of the sea­son – when­ever that is.

That’s a big call by Pridda and we all re­spect it.

Only one per­son knows when the time is right to make the de­ci­sion to fin­ish up their ca­reer and Pridda de­cided he was ready to re­tire from the AFL.

He has been a won­der­ful player for the club and a great team­mate – he is a bloke who we could al­ways rely on to get the job done in the mid­field.

I haven’t played with a bet­ter man in the clinches and it has been a priv­i­lege to play with him for so long.

We will rel­ish ev­ery op­por­tu­nity we get to run out with him in the next month or so be­cause there has been no one who has done more for the club and the team in the last 12 years.

We have so much re­spect for Pridda be­cause he has done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to get the best out of him­self.

Pridda has man­aged to achieve all of the things he has be­cause of his at­ten­tion to de­tail.

He has al­ways done the one per­centers that helped him per­form at an elite level and while he col­lected some well-de­served in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades along the way, it was al­ways about the team.

Hope­fully he can re­cover from a quad strain to play this week against St Kilda.

It’s go­ing to be another very tough chal­lenge for us.

The Saints are an emerg­ing team, but it is one of the games we have to win if we are go­ing to make the fi­nal eight this sea­son.

With Josh Kennedy

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