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Round 8 Reflection
After a tough start to the season I feel like we are settling into a bit of a rhythm and it was pleasing to win in such convincing fashion against the Blues.
We’ve won three out of the past four matches now and that’s come on the back of different guys standing up each week. It wasn’t my most prolific performance, but when you’re on the end of a heavy tag it’s important to find other ways to contribute and I believe I did that.
It was a night for me to support the other midfielders and use my voice to make sure we maintained the right structure at stoppages and block for them when required. Ed Curnow had a job to do and he stuck at the task really well. I got frustrated at times and I need to make sure I don’t give away free kicks and stay focused on the job at hand.
It’s important to stay in the game and understand that it’s not always about how often you touch the footy. I remember last year against Carlton I had a pretty ordinary night but I ended up kicking the goal that put us in front with a minute to go. There might be a moment or passage of play that you have a huge influence on and it might change the game.
There are no hard feelings towards Ed, he’s a good Geelong boy. My brothers have played similar roles in their careers, so I understand more than anyone he’s just doing a job for his team. In fact, we play the Eagles on Sunday afternoon and Scott has played a tagging role on me in the past.
I’ll go over a day before the rest of the team and spend some time with my younger brother Scott, but once game day rolls around it’s all business. Usually, we will check to make sure we are both on the ground during the warm up, but from there we just get on with the job.
Finally, Cam Guthrie’s moment with Chris Judd after the game on Friday night has got plenty of attention. I didn’t actually know what had happened until once we were in the rooms. I just thought he was walking around with his top off! I’m sure he was pretty nervous asking, but I hope Juddy is chuffed another player holds him in such regard.
If I were to swap jumpers with a current player, who would it be? Gary Ablett. We’ve obviously shared some great memories on the field and I really enjoying watching him play for the Gold Coast.
Thanks for reading….!
Go Cats! Sel.