Pat on back for Nic Nat

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORKPLACE -

with Josh Kennedy THERE were some big mo­ments in sport in the last cou­ple of weeks with the Olympics on, but that goal from Nic Nai­tanui was still one of the great high­lights.

Some peo­ple don’t re­ally un­der­stand what Nic brings to our team, but they got a glimpse of it in the last few sec­onds when he snapped that amaz­ing left foot goal.

He does that stuff so of­ten in games. Not only is his ruck work so im­por­tant to us, but it’s his fol­low-up work. He reg­u­larly com­petes in the ruck and then gets the ball when it hits the ground.

In that in­stance, it just hap­pened near the goals as the clock was run­ning down with just sec­onds re­main­ing. It was an amaz­ing fin­ish and cer­tainly made the trip home a lot more fun.

There were plenty of other play­ers who had a big im­pact on the game as well, par­tic­u­larly Luke Shuey, who has had a great year. He had 38 touches and was very dam­ag­ing.

But there were mo­ments in the game where ev­ery­one had an im­pact and that’s what we need to play at our best. We need ev­ery­one con­tribut­ing and when we get that level of out­put any­thing is pos­si­ble.

Hav­ing clinched a spot in the fi­nals by beat­ing Fre­man­tle a cou­ple of weeks ago, we know we need to keep win­ning to push as high up the lad­der as pos­si­ble. So to win that game against GWS at Syd­ney Show­ground was pretty im­por­tant.

We have never lost to GWS, but as a young, emerg­ing team they are get­ting bet­ter ev­ery year and this one went right down to the wire. It was sat­is­fy­ing to be able to put a 'W' along­side that game – the first of three games against teams that were sit­ting in the top four af­ter 20 rounds.

Now we turn our at­ten­tion to Fri­day night and the Hawks.

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