Be­yond our wildest ex­pec­ta­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport - FOR­WARD THINK­ING with Josh Kennedy

WHAT a week it has been!

It’s hard to put into words how it feels to re­alise a life-long am­bi­tion and the mo­ment when the siren sounded mak­ing us the 2018 pre­miers.

Even say­ing that now, it sounds a bit sur­real.

It was just amaz­ing and my first in­stinct was to look for Lecca (Mark Le­cras).

We’ve played a lot of footy to­gether in the for­ward line and are good mates, so I wanted to share that time with him.

I didn’t have to look too hard to find him. He was think­ing the same thing and came run­ning at me and jumped into my arms. That was pretty spe­cial. Ac­tu­ally, it has been a spe­cial time ever since. It has been a bit of a whirl- wind, cel­e­brat­ing with our club and the fans.

When you start out on your foot­ball ca­reer you dream about the mo­ment, but un­til it ac­tu­ally hap­pens you have no idea how it re­ally feels.

To have so many of our fans at the MCG was amaz­ing and the sup­port re­ally helped us.

They were bril­liant, so loud and were be­hind us even when Colling­wood jumped out of the blocks and built a lead in the first quar­ter.

And the cel­e­bra­tion at Lan­g­ley Park; it was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing to see so many peo­ple in the city for the wel­come home. I saw there were es­ti­mates of about 50,000 peo­ple there, which is mind-blow­ing.

We couldn’t see the back of the crowd from the stage; it just kept go­ing.

That re­minded us how much it means to all those fans who have been on the jour­ney with us and have been so im­por­tant. The sup­port we had for all of our games at home was huge.

When things set­tle down a bit and I have some down time with the fam­ily, I’ll get a chance to re­flect on be­ing a part of a premier­ship team.

Teenage goal­ball play­ers Dar­ren Coyle, Alan Leahy and Harry Sin­clair are train­ing for this week’s goal­ball cham­pi­onships.

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