Some things are big­ger than the game

Wanneroo Times - - Look Local - with Josh Kennedy

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.

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