AFL preliminary final as it happened: Tigers beat Port in epic preliminary final
That's it for tonight
Thanks for following along. An extraordinary match. Congratulations to the Tigers.
Hinkley continues …
Brad Ebert has retired. Hinkley confirmed it in his press conference:
"I think it is pretty clear if you watch coming off the ground tonight, that he's done as an AFL player. He's got to put himself, his health, and his family first. And he gives everything to our footy club. He will walk away from the club knowing he did everything he possibly can and had a lot of conversations with Brad through this year and the courage of that man is amazing. He just kept at it right to the end.
As much as he's probably not thinking clear now. But he's been pretty certain that this was probably going to be the end because he wasn't prepared to risk any further injury to his head. It is too important. So Brad will definitely retire."
Kenny Hinkley's turn …
"The opposition were fierce themselves. They've been the top side for a reason. They were never going to give it away. Our blokes gave it one hell of a shake," he said.
"We learnt a lot. We learnt a lot this year. We said we were improving and coming and we didn't quite get to where we wanted to go but we gave it one hell of a shot and should be proud of that and they should learn from.
"This is what happens in the game. You get these days where you get the harshest lessons but we know every prelim final you're going to have to stand up the whole way through and we didn't quite get there this week."
Hardwick on RHyce Shaw
"It's a sad day. Like Rhyce is obviously a person that we know and we cherish and he's an incredible person but the rigours of our game, especially in this year, it probably reciprocates what people are going through. It's tough. It's challenging.
"We just wish him a speedy recovery. The North Melbourne Football Club as well. Like people like Rhyce Shaw don't grow on trees. He's a special human. He's got an incredible relationship with his players. We just wish he bounces back very quickly. Because people like him are great to have in the industry."
Hardwick continues …
On the weird grand final week looming:
"The boys were talking about having a motorcade around the KDV facility that we have. We're not too sure to be honest. It's going to be a special week, it's going to be different," he said.
"There's no doubt. But I think overall, to get a seen underway, to play under the circumstances we have, it's been incredible achievement and we will just enjoy it for every moment we've got. These moments don't come around very often. So we will lap it up as best we can."
Hardwick continued …
On Lynch being booed:
"It's all part of the theatre. That's the reality. Tom's a big boy.
"He can handle it. He's a wonderful player. One of the better players in the competition. It's water off a duck's back from Tom's point of view.
"He plays a game, he plays it hard, I love the way he goes about it. Incredibly proud, he's hey tough year. Some of those incidents have been harshly judged. He's been probably maligned a little bit for that. But he understands it. He accepts it. He gets on with it. That's what we love about him."
Hardwick is up at the presser …
"It is an incredible achievement," Hardwick said. "I couldn't be prouder of the playing group. What Port threw at us tonight was incredible as well.
"You sit there and you look at that game of footy, it was just brutal. The whole way through. Guys throwing their bodies on the line.
"Nankervis was incredible that last five or six minutes. Just sitting behind the ball. So it was really important."
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