Last Friday night's win over Geelong was one of my career highlights to date.
I'mn sure a few people might raise their eyebrows at that line, especially nbecause it was just a regular season game, but playing on Friday night nunder lights against the reigning Premiers is something that doesn't ncome around very often.
Everyone I have spoken this week has been non cloud nine about the fixture. A huge crowd packed the SCG and were inn full voice all night, putting pressure on the Cats from the opening nbounce.
From a playing point of view, standing tall in a nnationally televised night match against the competition benchmarks gaven me a lot of satisfaction.
Make no mistake, the Swans have an nenormous amount of respect for Geelong. Their history, experience, nplaying and coaching roster is second to none, so we were fully aware nhow big a game it was.
Fortunately we got off to a good start, nputting six or seven goals on them in quick succession. Perhaps more nexciting though was the way we managed to keep calm when Geelong went nahead towards the end, maintain composure and wrestle momentum back nagain.
Hopefully the AFL powers-that-be also look favourably on nthe game because watching Friday night football played out of Melbourne neach week, you can't help but get a bit jealous. I think Sydney proved nas a city, fan base and football club that we're ready for more big ngames like it in 2013.
Looking ahead, this Saturday we face the GWS Giants in round two of the Sydney derby.
Earliern this week I fronted a press conference out at ANZ Stadium with a nhandful of players from both teams, which was something different. nProbably most confronting was the fact I was the oldest one there!
Awayn from the media, we have been very focussed this week in our npreparation, making sure we give their young club the respect they ndeserve.
I've said a few times in this column that no AFL footy side can go into a game complacent and that remains the case.
Then Giants have shocked a lot of people this season and will only continue nto get better. They're an aggressive side who always have a crack, as nevident with the test they gave Geelong down at Geelong earlier this nseason.
As Swans players, we have an opportunity to make a nstatement for our football club on Saturday, showing everyone that we nare the premier football club in this city.
A lot of hard work has been put in over many years to get to this point and we're not going to give that up.
Personally,n I'd like another early goal this week, to celebrate my 25th birthday. In scored our first against the Giants in round one and was the AFL's top nscorer for a few minutes which was nice!
Before I go, I want to nencourage all of the Swans fans to come out in their red and white this nweekend. It's our home game and a win will be important to keep our nascendancy going.Cheers, Kizza