Back in the hunt after big victory
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.