Focus is firmly on the game ahead
with Josh Kennedy OVER the past few weeks, I’ve been running into people who wanted to discuss the different finals scenarios that could unfold.
I understand why the fans look at all the possibilities but everyone in the West Coast Eagles was only ever focused on the immediate future. And that was the next game.
When we played our qualifying final against Hawthorn, we were not focused on anything except that game.
We certainly weren’t thinking of the benefit of having a week off from playing, but I have to say it’s a reward all of us enjoyed.
We had a pretty light week on the track but the good thing was to have a couple of open training sessions so the fans could get down and have a look.
The fitness staff used the week as an opportunity to freshen up and while we trained the same number of times, the volume of work was eased back a bit.
Because we had so much riding on every game in the run home, we couldn’t afford to rest players in the last couple of qualifying games, as Fremantle and North Melbourne did in round 23.
So our break came last weekend and it was much appreciated.
There are players who, like me, played every game of the season. That’s a lot of footy. And while it is a demanding game, having that nucleus of players available for so many games is one of the reasons we were able to finish second and earn two home finals.
Now we’re getting ready for a preliminary final and that’s exciting. We know what the prize is, but again we will focus on what needs to be done, play to our game plan and we believe if we do that, it will be good enough to win.