Four points gone with the wind
with Josh Kennedy ONE of the things about footy is that you’re always presented with different circumstances and conditions, which you need to adjust and adapt to.
In Hobart we were presented with a unique set of circumstances and we came up short.
It is obviously the same for both clubs and North Melbourne did better than we did in the conditions. It was cold and dark, with the lights being switched on in the middle of the afternoon. A bitterly cold breeze, which felt like it was coming right off the south pole, howled down the ground and meant there was a distinct advantage going to one end of Bellerieve Oval.
Up until the last few minutes of the third quarter we felt like we were going OK and led by a couple of goals, but North kicked three goals in as many minutes and it proved to be a matchwinning period.
We are a pretty young group and need to learn from it. In the last 35 minutes in particular we made a few decisions we will learn from and that’s the nature of the game.
We’ll review what happened, why we weren’t as composed as we could’ve been, why our intensity fell away and then regroup for our Essendon clash.
Playing in Hobart is different to playing at Docklands under the roof. That’s different to playing at the MCG or Subiaco and that is just the nature of the game.
You have to adjust, play to the prevailing conditions and circumstances and get the job done. Hopefully we get back to our best this week and come out strong against the Bombers. THE highly-publicised fight of Neale Daniher against the insidious Motor Neurone Disease has struck a chord with the AFL community and, more broadly, Australia.
At the West Coast Eagles, where Daniher was an integral part of the club’s operations when diagnosed in 2013, there is a strong commitment to help with raising both awareness and funds to assist in the search for a cure.
Last week, football club staff and players came together and donned specially made beanies in honour of a man who is held in the highest regard by all who worked with him.
For five of his six years at the West Coast Eagles as general manager – football operations, Daniher was a senior executive, directing the football department and offering outstanding support to the coaching group as a mentor.
Although he took a step back from the major football department role in 2014, when Craig Vozzo assumed those responsibilities, Daniher was an important sounding board for first-year senior coach Adam Simpson.
He remained at the club before heading back to Victoria late last year and has been keeping himself busy as the very public face of the Find a Cure for MND campaign.
With the support of the Eagles, there was a major fund-raiser at The Stables Bar in the city in November and Daniher has since continued initiatives with the Freeze at the G and the sale of beanies.
The Freeze at the G campaign played out recently at the MCG, with a number of high profile, largely football identities, jumping on a slide and plunging into icy cold waters in a big barrel at the bottom of the journey.
Celebrities raised money before taking that freezing dip.
The campaign will not end there, with Daniher committing to being the face of further fundraisers in both Perth and Melbourne, with the Daniher Drive continuing to build on what looms as a significant legacy.
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