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Schneider not haunted by last year

By Melissa Woods 23/09/2010 05:55:45 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda forward Adam Schneider insists he's not haunted by the costly misses in last year's losing AFL grand final.

The speedy half-forward was left ruing some missed opportunities in last year's 12-point grand final loss to Geelong, where he finished with 2.3.

He put it down to "simple skill error" and said it wouldn't play on his mind on Saturday at the MCG against Collingwood, his opponents in a career-high five goal performance in round seven last year.

"That's all in the past, once I get out there it won't even cross my mind, it's all about the job at hand," Schneider said.

"I've done everything to prepare myself for this year and put it all behind me and just look forward to a new opportunity."

The 26-year-old cut a cool and calm figure as thousands of fans turned out to watch training this week.

As one of the most experienced grand final campaigners among all players on Saturday, Schneider isn't about to get caught up in the hype.

He will line up for his fourth grand final in eight seasons, having played two for Sydney where he made his debut in 2003 before his shift south.

Each one has been a tight, tense battle to the end.

He tasted success with Sydney in their 2005 win over West Coast, and heart-breaking defeat against the same side a year later in a thrilling one-point decider.

His Saints teammate Sean Dempster, also squeezed out of Sydney due to salary cap pressures at the end of 2007, has the same impressive record, while former Swan, Darren Jolly, is the only Collingwood player to have played in an AFL premiership, also with the Swans in 2005.

Despite his wealth of experience, Schneider said he didn't offer too much unsolicited advice to his teammates.

"Everyone prepares differently, I think they just have to sit back and enjoy the week and relax and not get caught up in the hype," Schneider said.

"Once you get out there it's just another game of footy ... sure the intensity's high but they've just got to stick to what they've done all year and just get the job done." He proved his worth again this season, standing up with Justin Koschitzke in the absence of skipper Nick Riewoldt.

Riewoldt was sidelined for three months with a hamstring injury and Schneider has 38 goals for the season.

"It's when you get your opportunities you've just got to make the most of them," Schneider said.

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