EMOTIONAL FACTOR WON'T STOP CAT ATTACK
Justin Kremmer 6 July 2007
By Justin Kremmer AFL ROUND 14 ESSENDON V GEELONG
TONIGHT at the Telstra Dome, Geelong are up against one of the proudest
clubs in the AFL in Essendon, arguably the greatest coaching mind of
all time in Kevin Sheedy, the
greatest player over the last decade and a half in James Hird's 250th
game and a comeback an entire country can only sit back and admire,
regardless of which sport you follow or what AFL team you support. The
hype surrounding Adam Ramanauskas and his return to senior football
since battling with cancer is enough to inspire anyone, however the
Bombers will face the best team in the competition, Geelong, and a fairytale
may be unlikely with the Essendon skipper, Matthew Lloyd in the stands
due to suspension and will miss the blockbuster game.
Ramanauskas is set to return for his first game of senior
football since Round 3, 2005 and there could be no more deserving of
an opportunity to battle it out with the Cats. His trip to hell and
back has seen a remarkable finish and he has stayed positive throughout
the whole ordeal. With Rama?s courageous return as one reason for the
Bombers to come out firing
then Hirdy's 250th will surely assist in helping the team feel motivated.
But Geelong are keeping their cool and understand the Bombers will come
out strong but on top of the ladder and keen to extend their winning
streak to nine games, the Cats could not be in a better position. Full-time
ruckman Brad Ottens is treating this game as a mini-final and says the
boys enjoy playing these sort of games.
The Cats have brought in youngster Tom Hawkins, who in his six games
has booted a massive 11 goals, has been named at full forward while
Kane Tenace gets another chance to cement a regular spot in the team.
Max Rooke, hamstring, and Nathan Ablett, hip tightness, are out of the
Midfielder Jimmy Bartel has been named despite suffering concussion
in last week's win over Sydney. Neil Balme said on SEN 1116 Radio that
he expects to see the young star take to the field.
No matter what, the fight is going to tough from both sides, but the
Cats won't let the emotional factor stop their chances of increasing
their lead in the competition. Essendon, however, are not going home
unsatisfied they didn't do everything they could to give former skipper
and champion James Hird and much-loved cancer survivor Adam Ramanauskas
a courageous battle.