Crisp pre­pares for grand fi­nal

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI Chil­dren un­der 12

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.”

PHOTO: Getty Images

FIRST TIME: Myrtle­ford’s Jack Crisp will ful­fil a child­hood dream when he plays in the AFL Grand FI­nal on Satur­day.

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