West Coast defender Shannon Hurn is confident they can carry the momentum from two big victories into the rest of the season – and possibly finals.
The Eagles moved to within one win of eighth-placed Essendon ahead of their clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night with their 60-point victory over Collingwood at Patersons Stadium yesterday.
Coach Adam Simpson suggested after the game that some of the pressure might have been relieved from the players when they appeared out of finals contention a month ago.
Speaking at recovery at City Beach this morning, Hurn conceded that may have been the case.
“We’ve always spoken about, all year we’ve been trying to train the basics of football and, yeah, the last two or three weeks have probably clicked,” he said.
“Whether or not it’s a pressure thing, I’m not sure.
“But it is really pleasing that we’re playing good football and it’s just the test of can you do it all the time.”
Hurn believed they were well placed to keep it going.
“I certainly believe that we can do that,” he said.
“I think that the way we’ve been training, the way that we’ve been playing is really good.
“But you see the really good sides they do it all the time and then when they’re under pressure and things aren’t going for them, so that’s something we’re working towards.”
The Eagles face a six-day break before the crucial Bombers clash and Hurn said they would just need to do the basics right.
Xavier Ellis (shoulder) was wearing a sling at today’s recovery session and is certain to miss the game, while Mitch Brown had his left calf heavily strapped after coming off for treatment against the Pies.
Mark LeCras (calf) wasn’t at City Beach this morning after being a late withdrawal yesterday.
“We’ll come and have recovery today and I think most players have pulled up pretty well,” Hurn said.
“After an AFL game you always pull up a bit stiff and a bit sore this time of the year.
“But, it’s about doing your recovery well, with hydration – jumping in the pool, getting your massages – that’s not so much a secret, that’s just doing the basics really well.”
Hurn, who has been among those rotating the captaincy since Darren Glass’ retirement, will celebrate his 150th milestone against Essendon.
The defender said he now considered himself half West Australian after moving here from South Australia as a teenager.
“(I’ve) been fortunate enough to come to a great club such as West Coast and I need to get through this week but to play 150 would be excellent,” he said.
“It would be nice to keeping playing a few more games over the years but you really want to play finals footy – and to be able to win a premiership.
“It’s great on an individual basis but I really want to be able to win a premiership.”