Fi­nals or not, we must beat Crows

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - with Josh Kennedy

SO we come to the last game of the sea­son and we are clinging to the hope of play­ing fi­nals.

Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter los­ing a tight game to GWS in Syd­ney on the week­end, our fate is no longer in our own hands.

The only bonus is that be­cause we are play­ing the last game of the round, we will know ex­actly the equa­tion we are fac­ing.

By los­ing to the Giants, we have made it tough for our­selves.

It’s tough, but it is not im­pos­si­ble to make the fi­nals and we’ll pre­pare as we nor­mally would to get the win we need.

Be­cause we have lost a few tight games this sea­son af­ter be­ing in front, it’s go­ing to to take a re­sult or two from other games to al­low us to pro­ceed into fi­nals, in ad­di­tion to us beat­ing the top-ofthe-ta­ble Crows of course.

Re­gard­less of what’s at stake, we would like to pro­duce a pos­i­tive per­for­mance for our fans.

It will be the end of an era, with Matt Prid­dis and Sam Mitchell play­ing their last games for the club in what is also the last AFL game at Su­bi­aco Oval.

Pridda, in par­tic­u­lar, has been a ter­rific team­mate and it will seem a bit odd next year when we go to bat­tle with­out one of our tough­est in­side ball win­ners.

It goes with­out say­ing that he has been a su­per­star of our club and sets a won­der­ful ex­am­ple for ev­ery­one at the club.

No one has pre­pared bet­ter than Pridda in or­der to give him­self the op­por­tu­nity to play at his ab­so­lute best.

He does all the ex­tra lit­tle things, which help to give him the edge and young guys at the club could not have a bet­ter role model to learn from. Maybe part of the in­cred­i­ble work ethic he has is a re­sult of the fact he was over­looked in a cou­ple of drafts be­fore fi­nally get­ting his op­por­tu­nity on the Ea­gles’ rookie list.

But he has got ev­ery­thing out of him­self and hope­fully we will give him the farewell he de­serves by winning on Sun­day and pro­gress­ing to the fi­nals.

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