THE win over Sydney on Sunday ticked another box on what has been an exciting journey this season.
The win means we will play finals, which was one of the key targets at the start of the year.
People have been asking whether we think we can finish in the top four, or even the top two. That�s not on our minds at all.
As boring as it sounds, we will break it down to the week-by-week challenges, try to meet our expectations in each game then move on to the next one.
We�ll leave the speculation about finishing positions to others because it can change so dramatically from week to week.
For us, we enjoyed the win against Sydney, went to our recovery session on Monday and then started thinking about Gold Coast.
The win against the Swans was the first time a few of us had played in a winning game against them.
The Eagles hadn�t beaten Sydney since 2007 � the year before I joined the club.
We have played for the HMAS Sydney Trophy since 2010, so it was good to get that to the club for the first time.
We hope this is the start of a strong rivalry between two clubs honouring those who served on HMAS Sydney II.
Beating Sydney for the first time in eight years was the third long-standing drought we have halted this year.
We hadn�t beaten the Pies in Melbourne for 12 years until a couple of weeks ago and it was a similar story against Richmond at the MCG.