West Coast’s Elliot Yeo has echoed Fremantle’s Lachie Shultz’s sentiment that their recently-retired star goalkicker Josh Kennedy won’t be in this weekend’s western derby line-up.
“Freo is very lucky that JK’s not playing,” Yeo told Clairsy & Lisa on Tuesday.
Kennedy kicked a remarkable eight goals in his AFL farewell on Sunday, though his impressive haul was not enough to prevent West Coast slumping to a 16-point loss to Adelaide.
The post-Kennedy era will officially begin on Saturday night when West Coast lock horns with Fremantle at Optus.
The sixth-placed Dockers are just two competition points adrift of third spot, and they will need to beat West Coast and GWS in the final two rounds to have a chance of securing a prized top-four berth.
“It’s a big relief to be honest,” Schultz had told reporters on Monday. “For him to bag eight was a huge effort. And knowing that he’s not going to be out there next week, I was sitting there going, ‘Thank God for that’.
But while JK won’t be playing, the derby will be David Mundy’s last home game before the 37-year-old hangs up the boots at the end of the season.
Yeo acknowledged Mundy’s incredible service to the club.
“It would be awesome for him to get the send-off he deserves,” he said, adding the (very rare) remark that he’d like to see a huge turnout.
“I’d like to see at least 40 – 50,000 Freo fans there.”
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