Tigers await on big stage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

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.

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