Few days off was a great tonic
AS much as every AFL player is motivated by the challenge of playing at the highest level week in week out, it was nice to take a short break this week.
After the game against Brisbane at the Gabba last Saturday, we jumped on a plane and flew for about six hours. By the time we got back to Perth we were all pretty tired, but the attraction of having a few days off was a great tonic.
We have a bye this week, so not having to prepare for a game meant the club’s fitness staff locked in a four-day break for us.
That presents a great chance to freshen up and all the boys would use that time to kick back with family, catch up with friends or just chill out and do some of the things that the weekly routine doesn’t allow.
It might be a hit of golf, dropping a line in the water or just heading out of town for a few days to a favourite destination.
Some of the guys who are originally from interstate, flew out of Brisbane back to their home states. It’s great to be able to do that and not think too much about footy for a few days.
Hopefully we all come back fresh and ready to go on Thursday week when we play Essendon.
It was important to go into the break with a solid win. The outside perception was that we would easily beat Brisbane, get the job done and then just fly back to Perth.
But inside the club we knew it was going to be a challenge. There had been some heat on the Lions and their coach Justin Leppitsch, so we knew they would respond.
We just had to withstand what they had and play our way, putting them under pressure.