It was late September and they were being at the household of soccer supervisor Chris Davies just after the Energy experienced just been removed from finals in heartbreaking instances by West Coast – a aim just after the siren in excess time.
“Finals footy was undoubtedly a drawing variable (in becoming a member of Port Adelaide from Brisbane), I sat at Chris Davies’ property and experienced a discussion all over that,” Rockliff claimed.
“Port Adelaide experienced performed in that elimination ultimate time beyond regulation loss and I felt I could assist but it certainly hasn’t long gone to plan for a number of motives.”
Right up until now. On Thursday evening Rockliff will operate out in Port Adelaide’s qualifying ultimate from Geelong at Adelaide Oval and the longest wait around of any current participant in the AFL to participate in a ultimate will be more than.
And cheering him on will be Jack, now aged 3.
“My initial season at Brisbane, 2009, they performed finals and I wasn’t playing at the time but thought it would just happen from there, you anticipate to go on and get greater from there,” Rockliff claimed.
“And the last two yrs (at Port) we have furnished ourselves with an option to participate in finals footy and haven’t been equipped to go on with the task.
“There was probably an factor of ‘is it likely to at any time happen?’ And credit score to Brisbane how well they’ve carried out, they’ve turned it all over actually quick but my emphasis is exclusively on Port Adelaide and living in the second … and creating certain when an option will come you get it.
“I would adore to participate in in a premiership no question about that, I haven’t hidden away from that simple fact, personalized reputation does not actually subject it is far more about the staff and a enormous yr for the soccer club remaining one hundred fifty yrs so we’d like to celebrate it the proper way.”
The last footy ultimate Rockliff performed turned out to be a great one particular. His underneath-18 TAC Cup staff the Murray Bushrangers won the flag and Rockliff experienced thirty disposals and kicked 4 ambitions but it wasn’t adequate to snatch the greatest-on-ground medal from Steele Sidebottom who booted 10.
Other than that, the only ultimate Rockliff has performed in was in the underneath-12s so he took a second to savour the realisation the Energy experienced secured top place and two household finals just after last week’s get more than Collingwood.
“We went again as a team and sat in the meals place and experienced a pair of beers with each other just to love the second,” he claimed.
The Lowdown – Finals Time
“Every time you assume about it I get a several butterflies in the tummy so I have tried out to depart it by itself for as extended as I can, no question as the sport draws nearer it will get a bit far more interesting.
“But with any luck , when we are sitting down again in 4 or five weeks’ time I can glance again and love the second for what it was and we are celebrating a thing quite unique.”