Loss to Demons hellish to watch
with Josh Kennedy
WHAT a round of football, with so many last-gasp victories.
Teams fighting to keep their season alive were able to score victories in the dying seconds.
It really is a remarkably tight year where any team can beat another on any given day.
It started last Thursday night, when Hawthorn, who went into the round in 17th position on the ladder, upset Adelaide in Adelaide.
It continued with exciting finishes in the Sydney-Essendon game, followed with the one-point victory by the Bulldogs over North Melbourne.
Then, unfortunately, Melbourne kicked a goal in the dying seconds to beat us by three points at Subiaco oval.
On Sunday there was yet another game decided by less than a goal when Fremantle lost by a couple of points against Geelong at Geelong.
Matches are so unpredictable, teams are so even that you just have to bring the right level of intent, make smart decisions and execute your skills to get the result.
We had a crack against Melbourne in a hotly-contested game and still didn’t get over the line.
It’s hard to know what we could have done differently against Melbourne to reverse the result. They played a great last couple of minutes, rolled the dice, took the game on and it fell into place for them.
I was sitting in the coaches’ box on the night and everyone in there was gutted when Tom McDonald kicked his fifth – and ultimately the winning goal – with about 25 seconds on the clock.
I’ve got to say it’s tough sitting back and having absolutely no control over what happens in the middle, but hopefully I have spent my last week on the sidelines.
The injury is progressing well, albeit more slowly than I would have liked, and I’m itching to get back out there again.
The forwards have done a pretty good job in my absence.
Jeremy McGovern and Drew Petrie have certainly provided good targets. Drew kicked four goals on Saturday and has been a great asset to the club, both on and off field.
It doesn’t get any easier, playing the reigning premiers at Docklands next Saturday, but the boys will be up for the challenge.