Some things are bigger than the game
THESE days in the AFL, you have to be prepared to play at any time, on any day.
Because of the fixturing, our sports science department puts an enormous amount of work into our training program and it is planned months ahead.
Obviously it’s not locked in stone. There are opportunities to tweak it a little depending on the type of game we’ve been involved in and how our travel load has been, but the training schedule is drafted for the whole year.
As an example of why there needs to be meticulous planning, we go from playing last Friday night in Sydney at the SCG to a Thursday night fixture against Essendon at Optus Stadium. We came home Saturday morning and did our own recovery over the weekend before going back into the club on Monday and starting our preparations for the clash with the Bombers.
It should be another great occasion at our new home ground and it will hold special significance for us because Neale Daniher and his Fight for MND cause will be prominent around the ground.
Neale has a special place at the footy club: he was football manager for a number of years and was a great support to the playing group.
He often drops into the team hotel when we’re playing in Melbourne and it’s always good to see him.
Essendon is the club he played with, which is why the MND promotion is happening around the game.
Josh Kennedy takes a strong pack mark against Sydney.