We hope to get a jump on Roos

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place -

with Josh Kennedy IT seems like such a long time ago that we played Essendon, with the AFL fix­ture giving us an­other de­cent break be­tween games.

We will have a 10-day gap be­tween games by the time we play North Melbourne and that should be good for us as we aim to build some mo­men­tum in the sec­ond half of the year and push as high up the lad­der as pos­si­ble.

Against the Bombers we were a lit­tle slow out of the blocks but we fin­ished strongly and hope­fully we carry that sec­ond-half per­for­mance for­ward into this week and deep into the sea­son.

It is well doc­u­mented that Essendon are with­out a large por­tion of their se­nior squad, but they have been able to bring in some very ex­pe­ri­enced and high- achiev­ing play­ers to top up their list. Com­bined with some ex­cit­ing young play­ers, we were not sur­prised they came out hard in the first quar­ter last Thurs­day night.

But we also thought that if we stayed com­mit­ted to our game plan and kept work­ing, we could get the job done. In the end that was how it un­folded and it was nice to bank the four points and then be­gin the recovery process for our next game.

It was also great to catch up with some of the play­ers from the 2006 premier­ship team who were hon­oured on the night, as they came to­gether for their 10-year re­union.

Some of them I ac­tu­ally had the op­por­tu­nity to play with, so it was fun see­ing Michael Braun, An­drew Em­b­ley, Daniel Kerr and a few of the other boys. See­ing how tight those guys are to­day, a decade af­ter the suc­cess they achieved to­gether, gave us a re­minder of how spe­cial it would be to achieve some­thing sim­i­lar.

For now though, we will just fo­cus on what we need to do against North.

We get re­minded con­stantly that we haven’t beaten an­other team in the top eight and the only way to shut down that con­ver­sa­tion is to beat a top-eight ri­val. North Melbourne will be tough to beat but we also know our best is good enough.

The Kan­ga­roos were flying at the start of the sea­son and while they have now lost a cou­ple of games, they prob­a­bly took the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a break and freshen up.

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