Tigers await on big stage
with Josh Kennedy
PLAYING at the MCG is always something special, so we will be excited about the opportunity to play against Richmond there on Saturday.
It will be a pretty big occasion early in the season too, with both clubs winning their opening two games.
I’m sure the Richmond faithful are excited by that start.
As players, we all want to play in the important games on the big stage and we don’t get too many opportunities in any season to play at the ‘G’, so we’re really looking forward to it.
So far we have been able to grind out a couple of tough wins against North Melbourne and St Kilda and the Tigers will throw out another strong challenge.
Richmond have beaten Carlton and Collingwood – two of their greatest rivals – so they will be feeling confident going into this game.
They have recruited well, have a strong midfield and it’s doubtful any player in the competition has started better than Dustin Martin.
He looks to have taken his game to another level and he’ll be one of the key players we will need to work to minimise his impact.
We also have a few blokes in good form, but will again look to the collective to get the job done.
We need everyone playing their role every time we step out and that will again be the case.
It takes an even spread of contributors to win games in the AFL, particularly when the competition is so tight.
The early indications are that any team can beat another and there is no such thing as an ‘easy’ game.
You really do need to go into every game focused and ready for the challenge.
A lot of people probably thought we’d win comfortably against St Kilda in our first home game of the year last Saturday night, but we knew they would take the game right up to us. They look capable of being one of those teams from outside the eight last year that will be a serious finals contender.