Dangerfield eyes elusive AFL flag after Geelong’s 2020 heartbreak

A are compatible, firing and targeted Patrick Dangerfield hasn’t ever been in a greater place to land an elusive AFL premiership, however he’s decided to not overthink his 2d grand ultimate.

Dangerfield was once a part of Geelong’s group that led Richmond by way of 22 issues in the second one quarter of the 2020 grand ultimate on the Gabba, simplest to lose by way of 31.

Two years on, the minor premiers will head into Saturday’s grand ultimate in opposition to Sydney as favourites.

The 32-year-old mentioned he and the Cats had discovered to not amplify the instance and put an excessive amount of drive on themselves.

“It’s a distinct group, it’s a distinct time,” Dangerfield instructed newshounds on Tuesday. 

“You know the instance. You don’t try to construct it up an excessive amount of, as a result of this can be a recreation – we’ve performed numerous them this 12 months. 

“We all know obviously what’s at stake. 

“However it’s no longer making it so large that you’re feeling insignificant in comparison to the duty to hand. It’s retaining that entrance of thoughts.”

Whilst prepared to not overplay the instance, Dangerfield underlined his pride at contesting any other grand ultimate. 

“You’ve were given to embody the week and the whole thing that it holds,” he mentioned. 

Patrick Dangerfield (Photograph by way of Michael Willson/AFL Footage by the use of Getty Pictures)

“It’s a privilege to nonetheless be enjoying this time of the 12 months, no longer too many groups get the chance. 

“So embody and revel in that a part of it. It’s a different, particular time to nonetheless be enjoying.”

The 2016 Brownlow medallist struggled with calf problems previous this 12 months and didn’t play between rounds 10 and 16 because the Cats were given a heavy coaching load into him, eyeing a pay-off on the again finish of the season.

The plan labored to perfection as Dangerfield racked up 28 disposals, booted two objectives and had 8 clearances in a match-winning initial ultimate efficiency in opposition to Brisbane.

“It’s simply excellent to really feel contemporary and in a position to head,” he mentioned.

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“However although you didn’t, it’s a grand ultimate, so it doesn’t in point of fact topic how you’re feeling.

“It’s what you do. It’s the way you carry out, and that’s forward people.”

Dangerfield was once coy when requested whether or not he was hoping to line up on the first centre jump on Saturday, simplest noting “Everybody does”, whilst relishing his first tilt at a premiership at a packed MCG.

Above all, Dangerfield has a steely center of attention at the recreation’s greatest prize – the only large hollow in his adorned footy resume.

“It’s the whole thing. It’s what you play footy for,” he mentioned.

“There’s no longer too a lot more to it than that to be truthful. That’s why you play the sport.”


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