Inspirational Kangaroos star Majak Daw says all of the struggles he has endured during the last two years in his life are well worth the feeling of profitable together with his teammates once more.
Playing his first AFL match in 706 days, Daw’s return and a conflict in opposition to a lowly Adelaide stated proved to be the tonic North Melbourne desperately required.
Rhyce Shaw’s males have been dominant from the primary bounce, kicking the AFL’s highest rating this season to run out 19. 5. (119) to 7. 8. (50) winners at Metricon Stadium.
Daw offered one of many moments of the season after he kicked his solely objective for the match within the last quarter, earlier than being mobbed by each single one in every of his teammates.
“It’s been two years since I performed and there is no higher feeling than profitable, however I feel over the previous few years, the battles I’ve gone by way of, it is value it, profitable together with your teammates, my household at residence watching,” Daw advised Fox Footy after the win.
“I have not been in a position to do it on my own, there’s been so many individuals concerned, the footy membership has been superb, the broader public, even after I was in hospital, the hospital employees there they sorted me.
“I used to be fairly robust early on and the assist of the membership, the membership docs, the psychs who’ve labored with me, the energy and conditioning employees — I advised them ‘that is what I need to do, I need to come again and play’, so that they backed me in and so they helped me get right here.
“It was robust at phases, just a few accidents right here and there, hammy, pec, however nothing beats enjoying AFL footy and that is why I needed to do it a lot.”
Daw admitted that he was “attempting to chase a objective all day” earlier than sending a message to all of the Kangaroos followers in lockdown again in Victoria.
“I attempted to kick one from exterior 50, that was exterior my vary, nevertheless it was simply so good to kick a objective and to have a good time and get the boys going,” he stated.
“Just a message to end off to everybody again residence in Victoria, they’re doing it fairly robust for the time being, so to our supporters I hope this win means one thing to you.”
After axing star duo Jared Polec and Ben Brown within the lead-up to the conflict, the Kangaroos have been led by robust performances from Jed Anderson, Luke McDonald and veteran duo Shaun Higgins and Todd Goldstein.
The loss prolonged Adelaide’s dropping streak throughout two seasons to a club-record 12, with the Crows all however sure to get its first wood spoon since coming into the AFL in 1991.