Ahead of their final against the Richmond Tigers, the Brisbane Lions will have the full support of their live-wire forward Zimmorlei Farquharson who is sidelined through injury. Committed to her rehab and getting fit in time for some finals action, she maintains her focus is on all about those playing on Saturday night.
Speaking to the media ahead of the final, Farquharson gives an update on her rehab progress and when she might return this season.
“I’m tracking really well, I’m currently focused on recovery,” Farquharson told The Inner Sanctum.
“I’ve got 1-2 weeks left so I’m not going to keep my hopes up for that, I’m just there and ready to support the girls because if I can’t play, I can’t play so being there for the team [is my focus]. I want the girls to perform well and [I’ll] be their number one supporter.”
Another aspect of their finals campaign that is of little control to the playing group is the venue. Finishing on top of the ladder and earning the right to a home final they will play at Metricon Stadium this week due to scheduling conflicts with ICC Cricket World Cup matches being hosted at the Gabba.
Farquharson explains how the players will front up and play wherever they need to because they have the premiership and nothing else in mind.
“[The venue] definitely doesn’t bother the team, it’s not in our control as players, so it’s not really up to us that would be up to Craig [Starcevich] and the AFL,” she said.
“[For us] it’s anywhere anytime honestly, wherever you put us we are ready to play. We are not really concerned about where we kick the football, it’s just about inspiring the younger generation.”
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Being beaten by Richmond in the regular season, Brisbane are eager to atone for the Round Five loss when they meet on Saturday. Farquharson speaks about the intensity of the team at training and how they plan to play against the Tigers.
“The motivation is really high, the girls aren’t slacking off at training, you can see that when we are out on the track and even in the gym,” she said.
“The girls know that Richmond did bring it to us and we are not going to slack off, we are going to build up and build up and make it into the grand final.”
“We want to win of course but we also have to think and play our style of football and Richmond really brought it to us and we didn’t underestimate them but they really brought it up to us especially coming off the Melbourne game on such a high.”
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