Change as good as a hol­i­day

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

DUR­ING the footy sea­son, as a player, you tend to get into a weekly rou­tine but this week it has been good to ac­tu­ally break out of that cy­cle.

In a nor­mal week you set­tle into the rhythm of train­ing a few times a week, with the day and time chang­ing ac­cord­ing to the length of the break be­tween games. With a six­day break we tend to have a light week on the track, while any­thing longer would see the sports science guys in­crease our work­loads.

Hav­ing the mid-sea­son bye last week­end changed all of that; and so does play­ing Essendon on Thurs­day night.

It takes you out of the nor­mal prac­tices and that change-up helps to keep you fresh.

Straight af­ter our round 13 win against Bris­bane at the Gabba, we headed home, ar­rived back in Perth close to mid­night and had a few days off. It meant we could catch up with fam­ily and friends and freshen up, which was fan­tas­tic.

When we re­turned in the mid­dle of the week, we re­viewed ev­ery­thing that had hap­pened in the first half of the sea­son, an­a­lysed what worked and what didn’t, dis­cussed the things we could im­prove and then started pre­par­ing for the Bombers.

Play­ing on a Thurs­day night will be really un­usual, but we are look­ing for­ward to play­ing in this stand­alone game.

And af­ter it, we get an­other de­cent break be­fore play­ing North Mel­bourne on Sun­day, July 10. That will also be wel­comed by the play­ing group be­cause at this stage of the year most guys are sore and it gives us a chance to re­duce the load on those sore spots.

While we haven’t played as well as we would have liked to this stage of the year, we al­ways knew it was go­ing to be a chal­lenge back­ing up from last year’s achieve­ments. It’s still a chal­lenge, but we’re up for it.

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