Adelaide utility Niamh Kelly says the squad is taking a “one quarter at a time” approach to Saturday’s crunch Semi Final against Sydney at Norwood.
The Crows began their finals campaign with a narrow two-point loss to Brisbane last week, forcing them to front up again for a do-or-die clash against the in-form Swans.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Kelly said the group was determined to learn from last week’s shortcomings and get the job done on Saturday night.
“I was disappointed to lose against Brisbane, obviously they are a really good side and it’s always a tough fight against them,” Kelly said.
“Reflecting on the game during the week we didn’t take our opportunities, but our focus is now on the Swans.
“They are having a brilliant season this year and they will be up and buzzing after that win on the weekend.
“I think if we just take it each quarter at a time - Doc always says, ‘be in the present’ - so if we can just stay focused and take each moment as it comes.”
The Irishwoman has enjoyed a career-best 2023 campaign, averaging 18.9 disposals, 2.2 tackles and 4.3 marks across the 10 minor round games, while playing a new role and spending the off-season in Australia.
The 28-year-old’s standout campaign included winning the Showdown Medal in Round One, being nominated as a finalist for Goal of the Year and selection in the All Australian squad for the first time.
“I have just really been enjoying my footy this year,” Kelly said.
“In the off-season I put a lot of work into trying to get my skills up to scratch, getting my shoulder strong after surgery and getting my fitness strong for the season ahead.
“Usually in my offseason I would go back home to Ireland, so last year I decided to stay out, (in Australia) do my rehab and work hard with the coaches.
“To be able to play alongside Noffy and Hatchy on the inside and be on the outside with all the hard work they are doing it has been incredible.”
Kelly is one of six Crows named in the All Australian squad and she said the recognition was a testament to the hard work her teammates had put into this season.
“It’s a brilliant achievement for six of the girls to get into the squad,” Kelly said.
“It’s a great achievement and I am honoured to be in the squad, but I am just hoping that we can keep focusing on the games ahead and whatever happens, happens.
“I am just looking forward to this weekend’s game against the Swans and hopefully a few more games.”
Adelaide faces Sydney in a Semi-Final at Norwood Oval on Saturday night, with the first bounce at 7:15pm (ACDT).
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