Loss to De­mons hellish to watch

North Coast Times - - SPORT -

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.

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