Kieren Jack: Cats win a career highlight

Sportal June 28, 2012, 6:59 pm

Last Friday night's win over Geelong was one of my career highlights to date.

I'm sure a few people might raise their eyebrows at that line, especially because it was just a regular season game, but playing on Friday night under lights against the reigning Premiers is something that doesn't come around very often.

Everyone I have spoken this week has been on cloud nine about the fixture. A huge crowd packed the SCG and were in full voice all night, putting pressure on the Cats from the opening bounce.

From a playing point of view, standing tall in a nationally televised night match against the competition benchmarks gave me a lot of satisfaction.

Make no mistake, the Swans have an enormous amount of respect for Geelong. Their history, experience, playing and coaching roster is second to none, so we were fully aware how big a game it was.

Fortunately we got off to a good start, putting six or seven goals on them in quick succession. Perhaps more exciting though was the way we managed to keep calm when Geelong went ahead towards the end, maintain composure and wrestle momentum back again.

Hopefully the AFL powers-that-be also look favourably on the game because watching Friday night football played out of Melbourne each week, you can't help but get a bit jealous. I think Sydney proved as a city, fan base and football club that we're ready for more big games like it in 2013.

Looking ahead, this Saturday we face the GWS Giants in round two of the Sydney derby.

Earlier this week I fronted a press conference out at ANZ Stadium with a handful of players from both teams, which was something different. Probably most confronting was the fact I was the oldest one there!

Away from the media, we have been very focussed this week in our preparation, making sure we give their young club the respect they deserve.

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.

The Giants have shocked a lot of people this season and will only continue to get better. They're an aggressive side who always have a crack, as evident with the test they gave Geelong down at Geelong earlier this season.

As Swans players, we have an opportunity to make a statement for our football club on Saturday, showing everyone that we are 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, I'd like another early goal this week, to celebrate my 25th birthday. I scored our first against the Giants in round one and was the AFL's top scorer for a few minutes which was nice!

Before I go, I want to encourage all of the Swans fans to come out in their red and white this weekend. It's our home game and a win will be important to keep our ascendancy going.

Cheers, Kizza

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