Bye a chance to bounce back

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - With Josh Kennedy

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.

Floreat Athena cel­e­brates its 3-2 win over Perth SC.

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