He’s achieved almost every footballer’s dream: AFL premierships, All-Australian selection and 100 top-flight games.
But Geraldton’s Harry Taylor says he is hungry for more success and will take nothing for granted in his fifth finals campaign for Geelong.
The Cats take on Fremantle in tomorrow’s do-or-die clash at the MCG.
Defending premiers Geelong are attempting to emulate Adelaide’s 1998 juggernaut which saw the Crows win the premiership after finishing outside the top four — a feat not achieved since.
Taylor said there was a steely resolve in the Cats camp and they felt they were up to going the “long way through”.
“It is a big challenge to play four games in a row in finals intensity, but we have been training pretty hard in preparation for that possible outcome,” he said.
“There’s a real focus in a lot of the senior guys’ faces — it’s a really positive thing to see around the footy club.
“You can see a little bit more focus in everyone’s eyes, particularly the senior guys.”
Taylor, a 2010 All-Australian and one of six Cats selected in the All-Australian squad this week, said he would have one particular teammate in his mind against Ross Lyon’s charges — Matthew Scarlett.
Full-back Scarlett is expected to hang up the boots at the end of the year.
“There’s certainly some extra motivation from my point of view to play well for him,” Taylor said.
“He’s helped me so much through my career to date and it’d be great to show him some appreciation by playing really well through the finals.”
Taylor said he felt lucky to be making his fifth successive appearance in AFL finals since his 2008 debut year.
The Dockers have won eight of their last nine outings, including the top-eight scalps of West Coast and North Melbourne.
Taylor, a former East Fremantle Shark, said the Dockers would be a huge task.
“They have that strong, tough defensive style that Ross Lyon has been renowned for,” he said.
“It’s always hard to score against them.
“They’re going to be right up for the challenge and they’ve been playing pretty good football over in Victoria.
“That’s another thing Ross Lyon has implemented since he’s been there.
“We’re going to have a huge task on our hands to make sure we get the win.”
The Dockers overcame Geelong by four points in a testosterone-charged encounter at Patersons Stadium in round one, where Scarlett decked Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne.
“They really attacked us and got in our face and made it really difficult for us — it got under a few boys’ skins,” Taylor recalled of the clash.
“We turned the ball over far too easy. It’s important, in the big games, you use the ball well. We’ll be out to make sure this time round we perform a bit better.”
Taylor will host his annual Geelong Golf Day at Geraldton Golf Club on October 13.
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