Crisp prepares for grand final
JACK Crisp’s Collingwood career just keeps getting better with the 24-year-old this week preparing for the biggest game of his life when he lines up in his first AFL Grand Final on Saturday.
The Myrtleford product returned to Victoria in the hunt for more opportunity after just 18 games in a three-year stint at the Brisbane Lions and has not missed a game at the Magpies since making his debut for the club in round 1, 2015, racking up 91 consecutive matches to take his career tally to 109.
Unsurprisingly, the rebounding defender says the move has “100 per cent” been the best thing for him as the he and his teammates get set to take on West Coast on the game’s biggest stage.
“I remember saying when that first preseason started I wanted to play senior football and win a premiership, now Saturday I have an opportunity to do that four years in, so I could not be happier with the move,” he said.
Crisp has been a key cog of the Collingwood machine with top 10 finishes in the Copeland Trophy in each of his first three seasons at the club.
But since moving to a permanent role down back in 2018, the former Myrtleford Saint has produced his best ever season.
And the finals have seen him go up yet another level, with the left-footer playing arguably the finest game of his career with 30 disposals and two goals in front of 95,000 fans at the MCG on Friday night.
“I think it has (spurred me on), a lot of guys have been pretty excited across the last three of four weeks and they are definitely riding the wave a little bit,” Crisp said.
“We will soak it all up and really enjoy the week, the schedule is going to be the same as normal up until Friday when we have the parade.
“We have a good routine going and everyone has been performing well so we are not going to change too much.”
One thing that has changed for Crisp this year has been the birth of his first child, daughter Lilah.
“It’s been really good, it’s kept me really level headed, win or lose I come home and Lilah is there to take my mind off it all,” Crisp said.
“She can put a smile on my face if I’m a bit cranky with the game, it really helps and has all year.
“There are a lot of little kids at the club, heaps of the guys have had babies as well, the environment and culture is that we are a very family orientated club, it’s really great.”
Crisp’s family; dad Matthew, mum Cate, sister Jordan and brothers Ryan and Callum will all be in attendance at the ‘G’ on Saturday.
“They definitely don’t go for Carlton anymore, I think I have converted everyone now,” Crisp said.
“They are all coming to the game to support the Pies on the weekend which is something they would have never thought they would do in a million years I don’t think.”
FIRST TIME: Myrtleford’s Jack Crisp will fulfil a childhood dream when he plays in the AFL Grand FInal on Saturday.