Josh Kennedy doesn’t seem like he should let go of the game.
The towering West Coast Eagles forward announced his retirement that week, and his final game was like what we’re used to seeing on the big screen.
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The Crows ruined the party by recording a 16.6 (102) to 13.8 (86) victory, but it was still Kennedy’s day when Kennedy scored a spectacular eight goals in his final AFL trip.
Kennedy started the first quarter slotting the Eagles’ first three goals and kicked another in the second quarter heading into the break at four to his name.
Fans watching called for the Eagles to keep him targeted, and Kennedy responded with two more kicks in the third quarter.
The Eagles entered the final quarter by 17 points and made a valiant effort back into the contest with Kennedy scoring the seventh and eighth goals.
Kennedy had a chance to level the score by kicking the ninth, but he pulled the shot left and saw it come out behind.
“We missed the easiest game of the day, but it was a great fight. Adelaide brought us a contest, but it was a good game to be in for the last one,” Kennedy said after the final siren on Fox. He told footy and former teammate Will Scofield.
“I’m a little emotional, but it’s been good.
“I’ll have a few beers tonight and maybe in the next few weeks I’ll think about it. It’s been an amazing trip. I want to thank the club and the fans… It’s been a crazy trip.
“The boys were looking out for me quite a bit. They were feeding me all day. I was lucky enough to avoid some, so it was nice to wrap it up like that.”
The crowd at Optus Stadium rose in unison as Kennedy lifted off the ground as players from both the Eagles and Crows gathered to form an honor guard.
Kennedy’s career began in 2005 when he was the fourth overall pick in the National Draft by Carlton. He made 293 appearances in his career and scored 723 goals.
After two seasons with the Blues, Kennedy was involved in a blockbuster deal, moving to the Eagles and Chris Judd to Carlton.
His final game was a complete disbelief for the world of football as he scored eight goals in a single game, the most in the entire 2022 season.
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AFL 2022 News: Josh Kennedy kicks 8 goals, Adelaide Crows vs West Coast Eagles, video
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