Fo­cus is firmly on the game ahead

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way -

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.

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