Bye a chance to bounce back
THE AFL initiative of playing more consistently on a Thursday night seems like it is getting some traction with football fans around the country and this week it’s our turn.
The West Coast Eagles have already played one game on a Thursday night this year as the lead-in to the Easter round, and while it meant a five-day gap after a Saturday game in Melbourne it also amounted to having a decent break after it.
It used to be that the Thursday night games were pretty rare; they created the traditional season opener between Richmond and Carlton and there might have been another Thursday game around the mid-season bye but that was it.
It seems now that the AFL has taken a liking to the fixture.
As AFL players we just go with the flow and adjust our training and preparation accordingly. If it means a five-day break then so-be-it.
When we played Sydney on Easter Thursday, coming off a game against Richmond at the MCG, we didn’t train much, the emphasis being on recovery.
This week we play Geelong at Subiaco Oval after having a bye last weekend and we’re looking forward to it. Most of the guys had a good break and managed to get away with friends or family for a few days.
We all love the game and the opportunity we have, but it’s good to take a mental break as much as anything.
After a few days we were back and preparing to play the Cats and everyone seemed pretty fresh.
The lead-up has been pretty good and I’m hoping I can get myself out there on Thursday.
Obviously I missed the game against Gold Coast after straining a calf against GWS but the recovery has gone pretty well and I’ll do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go.
Ultimately, I will have a discussion with the medical staff, but it would be great to play the Cats.
They have been in great form and we have had three losses in a row, they represent a terrific challenge, but we’ll be up for it. There’s nothing like playing one of the quality teams in the competition to get things cranking again after a bye.
We expect a big crowd at Subiaco Oval and we look forward to our fans helping us get over the line to start the second half of the season with a flourish.
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