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“Don’t overthink it” – Dahl

Luke Dahlhaus embraces Tom Hawkins during the win over Brisbane Lions in Round 6. (Getty Images by AFL Photos Image/Cameron Spencer)

LUKE Dahlhaus has a simple message for his Geelong teammates ahead of Saturday night’s preliminary final clash with Brisbane: “don’t overthink it”.

The Cats are just one win away from their first grand final appearance since 2011, with Dahlhaus looking to add to his premiership with the Western Bulldogs 2016.

Dahlhaus is one of only six current Geelong players to taste the ultimate success, along with captain Joel Selwood, and veteran quartet Gary Ablett, Harry Taylor, Mitch Duncan and Tom Hawkins.

He says keeping it uncomplicated is the key.

“You don’t have to overdo things; you just have to play your role and do the small things well, which we all did on the weekend,” Dahlhaus told krockfootball.com.au.

“It was a real level performance, and I think that showed on the scoreboard.

“It’s not about being the best player on the ground; it’s just doing the little things that will get us the win.”

Dahlhaus said coach Chris Scott had urged his players to embrace the pressure that comes with playing in a preliminary final.

“Scotty says “don’t run away from the big moments”,” Dahlhaus said.

“I think it’s time for this group to do it (win a premiership). We’ve got the right group.

“We’ve got enough mature heads in the group who have done it before, so there’s no reason why we can’t go well.”

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Dahlhaus admits he took a couple of games to adjust after missing five matches with a stress fracture in his foot that was detected following the Round 7 loss to Collingwood in Perth.

“It took me about 2-3 weeks to get my head back into it,” he said.

“I only played one scratch match and was back in the team. But, I feel like I’m coming good at the right time.”

Geelong marked 100 days in the hub earlier this week, and Dahlhaus concedes it has been “up and down”.

“Emotions can get the better of you at times,” he said. “I guess it’s the same as everyone at home.

“Everyone’s emotions will be high getting stuck at home, so you have to keep reminding yourself of that.

“The club’s been really good; we get fed, we get our washing done here.

“The only downside is that it might get a bit boring at times. It’s been pretty good otherwise.”

To counter that boredom, Dahlhaus has been studying a carpentry diploma.

“That’s been an online course every Tuesday night for about three hours,” he said.

“Then the rest of the week, I’m doing homework for that. So, that’s actually taken a massive chunk out of the time.

“It’s been really good (in the hub) because if I was at home, I’d get a bit slack, I reckon.

“Whereas here, it keeps your mind occupied, and I know the teacher’s been happy with me because I’ve gone from one of the worst students to one of the best.”

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