Few days off was a great tonic

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

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.

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