AFL star Jeremy Finlayson chokes back tears talking about terminally ill wife Kellie in emotional interview
Port Adelaide star Jeremy Finalyson has choked back tears in an emotional post-match interview after leading the Power to victory over Sydney on Saturday night.
Finalyson kicked three goals, including the match-winner with two minutes remaining, in a brilliant performance as the Power held on for a thrilling two-point victory.
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The effort was all the more remarkable considering the off-field trauma the 27-year-old is going through.
Finlayson’s wife Kellie is battling terminal bowel cancer.
He hoped she was watching on at home, but fought back tears speaking to Channel 7’s Jude Bolton after the match.
“Hope she’s watching. I love her so much,” he said of Kellie.
“This was just a reward for sticking tough. Doing it for Kel and Soph (their daughter) back home. Happy to be out here playing footy and doing what I love.”
The couple married in March, bringing forward the wedding after it was initially planned in October.
Kellie has already beaten cancer once after being diagnosed when she was as fit and healthy as any other 25-year-old.
She ran marathons, had just given birth to their daughter Sophia, and had her whole life ahead of her.
Jeremy had just been traded from the GWS Giants to Port Adelaide to be in his wife’s home state when her life was rocked by the devastating news that she had bowel cancer.
Scans had revealed a tumour the size of a tennis ball in her colon.
Refusing to be overcome by it, she beat the cancer when it shrunk and was eventually removed.
But in January this year, the Finlaysons received heartbreaking news once more.
This time it was worse; the cancer had spread to her lungs, and now it’s terminal.
The pair no longer talk about the future and for now, Kellie knows that every moment with her 18-month-old daughter is precious.
Through her social media presence and advocacy, urging people to get checked and nag their loved ones to do the same, she knows she’s already made a difference and possibly saved lives.
“It makes me so happy that (others) have caught something at an early stage or caught something that wasn’t too much of a big deal,” she said last month.
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley paid tribute to the Finlayson family after the match.
“Jeremy has been really important part of our football club for over a year now. He’s really fitted in well. He has some obviously other stuff that goes on off the field which are incredible struggles for him and Kel,” he said.
“We support him in that. He’s supporting us. He had surgery already this year. He’s had a few things that have been tough to handle. I don’t mind who kicked it. I’m grateful we kicked it. Equally pleased it was Jeremy.
“Everything that is going on, performing like he did tonight to kick three goals.
“Really incredibly close family. He has close family at our football club as well. His family and our family join together. We support their whole family and he supports us. That’s how you get through.
“That’s why football clubs are great environment sometimes when things are not going your way.”
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