Josh Kennedy: ‘We all wish young Brayshaw a quick recovery’

West Coast star Andrew Gaff is in trouble for his derby hit on Fremantle's Andrew Brayshaw. File Picture: Getty Images
West Coast star Andrew Gaff is in trouble for his derby hit on Fremantle's Andrew Brayshaw. File Picture: Getty Images

WHILE I’m not great at watching, it was satisfying to see the boys chalk up an important win against Fremantle on Sunday.

Understandably, because of the fallout from the Andrew Gaff-Andrew Brayshaw incident, the significance of our win in the derby was a bit lost.

We all wish young Brayshaw a quick recovery and hope he’s soon back to full health.

Either side of that incident, we played some really good football which was important and has helped consolidate our position in the top two.

While we will focus on playing these games one at a time, our last three games will have plenty riding on them – starting with this week’s clash against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.

We played them early in the season at Optus Stadium and got the job done, but know this will be a big challenge for us.

It will be our first game against them in Adelaide since that epic victory in last year’s elimination final.

Obviously, what happened last year will have no bearing on this week’s game and we will focus on our game plan and structures to make sure we do everything we can to win.

Our team will bear little resemblance to the one that took the field last season and theirs will have a different look too.

After the Port game we host Melbourne at Optus Stadium in our last home game of the season before heading to Brisbane for round 23.

I’m not quite sure when I will be back playing, but I’ll be doing everything to be ready as soon as I can.

It goes without saying that sitting back and watching on game day is not great fun, so I just want to be out there with the boys as soon as possible. I won’t be silly about it, will take the advice of the club’s medical staff and tick off each box as it comes.

As mentioned in this column in recent weeks, the ramifications of winning and losing are enormous and over the last few rounds the stakes will be raised again.

We’ll be up for those challenges, starting with this week’s clash against Port Adelaide, and we look forward to having some strong support in the crowd.

Although it will be an overwhelming Port crowd, we always see plenty of blue and gold at Adelaide Oval, so hopefully that’s the case again this week.