The 2018 season starts in a few weeks time, with the Melbourne Cup final on Saturday.
The competition is a long way off, but it’s a good opportunity for the young players to get out and have a good season.
“You look back at a couple of years back and the first year I came in, it was a bit different to the next year.
It was a new year, a new start,” said 22-year-old Sam Kerridge, who played in the Holden Cup.”
I remember coming in and seeing that a couple people were in the paddock with helmets, we were all wearing helmets and I remember the nerves, the fear and the anticipation.
I just wanted to go out there and do my best.”
This year I’ve got a bit more confidence and that’s good for me and the guys in the team.
“It’s about having fun, having fun on the bike and being together as a team.
There are a few people who might not be comfortable doing that, but everyone is working hard and trying to get better.”
A year of training has been a good preparation for the race and Kerridge is looking forward to the challenge.
“Training is so important for me, it’s been my whole life and I’ve been through it so many times,” he said.
“Being on the road with your team-mates and getting the opportunity to get in front of a TV camera and just having to watch people do that, it feels amazing.”
With the new year coming up, Kerridge and co. are looking forward, and getting better, every day.
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In the first half of the season, the Kangaroos won the Cup by five points over the Swans, but that was quickly reduced to two wins for the Swan-backed Kangaroons.
“That’s not where I wanted to be, but we’re just going to work as hard as we can to get there,” said forward James Stewart, who was part of the Swains winning team in 2016.
“We’ll definitely try to make the finals this year and we’ll be just as much of a force to be reckoned with.”
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