Sheedy notches up 1000th game with mighty win

1000: Kevin Sheedy is one of the game’s greatest veterans. He has notched up 1000 games in the AFL as a player and coach.GREATER Western Sydney Giants coach Kevin Sheedy celebrated his 1000th game as a coach or player at VFL/AFL level on Saturday.
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GWS humbled Port Adelaide 16.11 (107) to 10.13 (73).

It was just their second win of the but the 64-year-old’s career win rate still hovers around the 60 per cent mark.

Sheedy has proven throughout his career he is a man who takes chances and there has been no greater challenge than the one set for him in western Sydney.

GWS’s record so far this season sits at two wins and 17 losses — a win rate of just over 5 per cent.

That’s a far cry from his 24 wins from 25 games (96 per cent) at the helm of the Essendon Bombers in 2000.

Sheedy’s had his fair share of critics since his move to GWS but the coach seems content about his move north.

And after 1000 games in the AFL, the criticism has lost its sting.

“At 18 when your father has just died and your mother is left with seven kids, you want to back yourself,” he said. “So I’ve been backing myself in all my life.

“I’m pretty excited [about the milestone] and getting that opportunity here in western Sydney has been fantastic because it’s added a whole range of experiences.”

The only thing of Sheedy’s that hasn’t adjusted to Sydney life are his knees.

“I can’t believe the weather and I’m never out of shorts. I wear shorts even through winter.”

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