GF re­play a no-go for Ea­gle

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WEST Coast for­ward Jack Dar­ling says he still gets ner­vous watch­ing re­plays of his team’s premier­ship tri­umph, re­veal­ing he even or­dered his fam­ily to turn it off on Christ­mas Day.

Dar­ling had a quiet first half in the five-point grand­fi­nal win over Colling­wood, but burst to life in the third quar­ter to play a cru­cial role in the tri­umph.

The 26-year-old, who took six marks and kicked a goal in that third term, cher­ishes the premier­ship win. But watch­ing a re­play of the match has proven to be tricky. “I get ner­vous if I watch it again,” Dar­ling said yes­ter­day. “I don’t really like it — I get that ner­vous feel­ing.

“On Christ­mas Day, the brothers-in-law were try­ing to watch it and I told them to turn it off just be­cause I wanted to en­joy the day.

“It is just such a close game, you still feel ner­vous.” Dar­ling dropped a sim­ple mark near the goal square in the dy­ing stages of the grand fi­nal, with the mis­take giv­ing Colling­wood one fi­nal chance to snatch vic­tory.

Luck­ily for Dar­ling, the Ea­gles were able to hold on for the win. “I dropped the mark,” Dar­ling said.

“I turned around to see if I could play on and kick the goal, so I just turned my head a bit too early and that caused me to fum­ble the ball.

“So (it was) a bit of a mis­take and I was glad it didn’t cost us. Once that siren went, it was one of the best feel­ings.”

Dar­ling was in ca­reerbest form last sea­son be­fore suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous an­kle in­jury in round 11.

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