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Do or die end to season was perfect prep: Hogan

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Sydney: Jesse Hogan believes a month of virtual eliminatio­n finals will hold GWS in good stead as they seek to extend a barnstormi­ng run and topple Geelong.

Hogan was an indomitabl­e force in his first final, clutching a career-best six contested marks in the Giants’ remarkable one-point win over Sydney.

The epic eliminatio­n final was the club’s fourth victory in a row, extending a streak that started with a win over the Cats in Geelong.

The Giants, who now shift base to Tasmanian golf club Barnbougle as they continue a stint away from home that started on June 22, needed to win in the last three rounds to be assured of a finals berth.

Hogan, who will celebrate his 100th game when GWS tackle Chris Scott’s side in a semi-final, says it was ideal preparatio­n for finals.

“Each week we’ve gone in with a really aggressive mindset that it’s do or die,” Hogan said.

“That’s probably not like other teams in finals. This time of year you’re going to play some really good sides, but we’ll go into it really confident.

“It was a pretty special feeling in the change rooms (after the eliminatio­n final). We know it’s not a grand final or anything but to do that against the Swans was a pretty unreal feeling.”

The key forward has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks, finding form and fitness after quad and calf issues ruined the first half of his first season at GWS.

On the cusp of retirement until the Giants offered a one-year deal for 2021, Hogan has already signed a contract extension and is threatenin­g to fulfil the potential he exhibited while winning the 2015 Rising Star award.

 ?? Picture: AAP ?? Giant game: Jesse Hogan hauled in a half-dozen contested marks against Sydney on Saturday.
Picture: AAP Giant game: Jesse Hogan hauled in a half-dozen contested marks against Sydney on Saturday.

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