“It’s funny, sometimes I’ll just be walking down the street and I’ll just hear a ‘you were blocked Maynard!’ I look around and go, ‘oh bloody hell,’” Maynard told The Age.
“In the moment I didn’t really think much of it. When I rewatched the grand final I did rewatch that part, and feel like I did get blocked but you can’t do anything about it now. Hopefully this year is the year. It was pretty disappointing.”
He said that the enormity of the moment didn’t sink in until months later.
“It was pretty crazy. I was only in my fourth year. I was still young. I kind of just let it go, and didn’t think much of it. Months after the grand final was when I started to think about it more, because it kept popping up on vision, in the grand final replay.
“I kept seeing it, I kept seeing it, and then I kept thinking about it and thought, ‘shit, maybe it was a free kick, and what would’ve happened if this would’ve happened.’ I have replayed that multiple times in my head, if we won what would’ve happened? It was just crazy. Crazy day, crazy night. But I was just so privileged to be able to play in one.”
Maynard is confident however that the Pies can make amends in 2019, saying that the near miss spurs on teammates.
“It does. We’ve got a chip on our shoulder this year for sure,” he said.
“I feel like if we play the footy we can play, at our best we can beat anyone and we can go all the way. We’ll just have to wait and see, but I feel like we can do it this year.”
In the short-term he is excited about the prospect of playing in the Anzac Day MCG blockbuster against Essendon for the fourth straight year.
“The minute’s silence, just standing there and looking around at 90,000 plus people there, it sends a tingle down your spine and you’re just amazed at how quiet it is. Standing there, next to your best mates, you think ‘holy crap,’ this is very surreal. I can’t wait to do it again and I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity.”
Daniel is an Age sports reporter.