Con­fi­dence up ahead of fi­nals

Western Suburbs Weekly - - -

with Josh Kennedy GO­ING into the last three rounds of the qual­i­fy­ing sea­son we knew that it would be chal­leng­ing and that it would give us an in­di­ca­tion of how we were go­ing lead­ing into fi­nals.

We had al­ready qual­i­fied for fi­nals, it was a mat­ter of how high up the lad­der we could push with games against clubs who, at that stage, were all sit­ting in­side the top four – GWS, Hawthorn and Ade­laide.

It rep­re­sented the tough­est pe­riod of the sea­son for us, play­ing two of those teams on the road. Much had been made ex­ter­nally of our form away from Perth, but our fo­cus was on play­ing our way re­gard­less of where we were fix­tured.

Af­ter com­ing through that with three con­sec­u­tive wins we now en­ter the tough­est part of the sea­son.

Play­ing fi­nals is mo­ti­va­tion for all the hard work we put into pre-sea­son and then through­out the year. You want to be play­ing in the big games.

We’re not just sat­is­fied with play­ing in those games, we aim to have an im­pact and we go into Septem­ber with real mo­men­tum.

We won 16 games, the same as we did last year when we were sec­ond on the lad­der, but this year that puts us sixth.

It’s a chal­lenge to win a pre­mier­ship from out­side the top four, par­tic­u­larly from Perth, be­cause fin­ish­ing high gives you two home fi­nals. It’s tough but not im­pos­si­ble.

Hav­ing beaten GWS and Ade­laide on the road we can tackle any game in­ter­state with some con­fi­dence.

We can beat any team on any given day and we’re re­ally ex­cited about what the next month can hold.

For the time be­ing, though, we’re on hold with the AFL slot­ting in a bye be­tween the end of the sea­son and the first week of fi­nals.

We’ll use that week to freshen up and get ready for what lies ahead.

Ob­vi­ously we’ll con­tinue to train, but will have a week off from ac­tu­ally play­ing so those who need it can nurse the sore spots and be ready for the at­tack on the fi­nals se­ries, start­ing with a Thurs­day night game at home against the Bull­dogs.

The 2016 All Stars Team with Curtin MHR Julie Bishop.

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