West Coast’s Josh Kennedy has revealed his secret to maintaining form and health into his thirties, special bush medicine whipped up by teammate Liam Ryan’s aunty.
Kennedy is in a race to recover from an ankle injury for Saturday’s elimination final against Collingwood at Optus Stadium and while he’s taken traditional measures of rest, ice and elevation he’s also opted for some ‘binyarn oil’ which has served him in year’s past.
“I’ve got some stuff from one of Liam (Ryan)’s aunties called binyarn oil so chucking that on, but really just ice and compression,” Kennedy told 6PR.
“She makes this binyarn oil, I’ve had that for the last few years. It’s a lot of stuff from out in the bush but I think there’s a bit of emu oil through it, it’s a special recipe so been rubbing that on it flat out.
“I’ve still gotta get through (training) tomorrow but it’s looking positive. I ran for the first time yesterday and did a bit of training. It felt pretty good and pulled up well this morning which is the main thing and we’ll progress tomorrow.”
Ryan and Kennedy both hail from the Mid West of WA along with fellow forwardline gun Jamie Cripps.
In just his third season in the AFL Ryan has taken another massive leap in his game and was rewarded with his first All-Australian nod.
Kennedy watched young Ryan’s development through the footy ranks and has been astounded by his development after being overlooked while playing in the WAFL.
“It’s been amazing seeing Liam come through,” he said.
“I played against his old man up north and have known him as a little kid so to see him get drafted, come through the system, win a premiership and now be an All-Australian, it’s just been great to see him rising, rising and rising.
The 33-year-old started his senior footy in the Great Northern Football League playing against Ryan’s father, who still plays for Rover, that’s where he first caught a glimpse of a very young Liam Ryan.
“(Ryan’s father) was exactly like Liam, could take a hanger, was hard and was very skilful. He actually played on the weekend, the reserves had the prelim final and he’s still playing for the Rover.
“We call him Snotty Ryan, I don’t know how old he is but he can still play.”