The Gold Coast’s chances of a very small final could be lost forever in Tasmania on Saturday when Hawthorn attempts to mark skipper Ben McEvoy’s 250th match with a win.
The 33-year-old Hawk brought a milestone in his sixth game this year after admitting he’s thinking about his playing future beyond this year after breaking his neck.
But first, he celebrated his accomplishments against the Suns team, finishing two of the top eight games and it took a small miracle to reach the finals for the first time.
McEvoy, whose contract expires at the end of the season, admitted he wasn’t sure whether he would play in 2022.
“At this age, there are two sides: how you look for yourself and how you look for the club,” he told reporters.
“I never liked living in Melbourne, so there’s always the urge to go back to the countryside… There are many factors.
“When you get to the other side of the 30, every game is a bonus, don’t take it for granted.
“I had to think that I might not be able to come back (from my neck injury), but after understanding the potential for recovery, I was pretty determined to come back.”
The Suns bounced back last weekend after back-to-back defeats to Essendon and Brisbane, effectively blowing their final chances, but only crossed the line by beating West Coast by three points.
Losing the duo of Rory Atkins and Oleg Markov, they regained Alex Davis and Brandon Ellis, while the Hawks lost Chunkot Zias (suspension) and Mitch Lewis (knee).
They remembered Denver Grainger Ballas, Jai Thelong and German Impey.
For McEvoy, the driving force isn’t completely ruining the Suns’ season, but his team taking a step back towards competitiveness.
“It’s about us continuing to get better. We’re continuing our journey together and want to get back to playing good,” he said.
“It’s a really good opportunity for us to play against a team that is probably in the best shape.
“We saw the season approaching with St Kilda last week, so it’s a really good opportunity for the young team to keep trying, proving and testing themselves.”
McEvoy Milestones with Hawthorne Fighting Suns
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