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Sheeds in the Lions’ Den

AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy watches on as Leopold trains on Thursday night. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

AS a friend of the family for more than 30 years, Kevin Sheedy taken more than a passing interest in the playing and coaching career of Leopold mentor Guy Morphet.

Through that relationship, the AFL Legend found himself at Lions’ training on Thursday night ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die preliminary final clash with St Joseph’s.

Leopold is aiming to avoid becoming the first minor premier to miss the grand final since North Shore in 2004 after dropping last week’s second semi-final against St Mary’s.

“Particularly when you’re playing the good sides, anything can happen on a day,” Sheedy said.

“Go and ask Geelong last week. Go and ask any team that gets rolled out like the Swans.

“You wouldn’t have thought the Swans would turn up and kick four goals in 120 minutes, would you? Yet they’ve played finals every year (John) Longmire’s been there.

“It’s a tough game – at all levels. But when you a team not play well and only get beaten by three or four goals, you’ve always got a chance because you’ve only got to improve to get to your best.”

Sheedy didn’t take an active involvement in Lions’ training, instead preferring to watch from the sidelines at Community Bank Oval.

However, he did share some of his finals wisdom as the players gathered for dinner after the session.

“Just an open discussion on what finals is about,” Sheedy said.

“I was involved for about two-thirds of my career in finals.

“Six premierships in the night series, eight premierships in the AFL, and a premiership in the VFA.

“I like premierships. They’re good.”

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