AARON Purcell can’t wait.
By his own doing, but certainly not by his own choice, the 2013 Picola North West league season has almost always been all about him.
The headlines and mentions on national television and radio have followed the star Jerilderie goalkicker all year long.
But when you’ve booted 221 goals in just 19 games, more than anybody else in the country, that’s bound to happen.
Purcell has been a logical point of discussion.
But not on Saturday.
Saturday, it’s all about the Demons.
And the former Lavington star can’t wait for all the hype to centre around the game itself, not how many goals he’s going to kick on the day.
“We’ve had a good year and hopefully we’ve got one more good game in us,” Purcell said.
“It would cap the year off nicely.”
Too right it would.
Purcell has just about done it all this season.
He’s averaging more than 11 goals a game and played in a team that’s lost just once for the year.
He even played in the E.J. Whitten Legends game earlier in the year, after his near unprecedented form grabbed national attention and guest selection in the game.
But Purcell said a win on Saturday would be the undisputed highlight of them all.
“For sure,” he said.
“It would definitely be the highlight and would really top it off nicely.
“As a team, we’re raring to go.”
But so is the opposition.
Strathmerton has stormed home late in the year and is playing its best football when it counts most.
The Demons found that out first-hand when they only just hung on to win the second semi-final against a fast-finishing Bulldogs.
“They certainly have improved as the year has gone on,” Purcell said.
“They’re young and quick.”
Some would say there’s added pressure on the Demons to perform, considering their form to date.
It’s their premiership to lose, if you will.
But others would say that form gives the Demons extra reason to be confident.
Purcell is in the later category.
“We’ve had the week off and are fresh,” he said.
“We’re ready to go.”