Fast Footy

If there is one time to make your mark in the AFL, it's on the grandest day of the AFL calendar. Dan Hannebery did just that yesterday, in terms of his statistical impact and courage. The latter was shown in the first term when he had to scramble back for a mark and was crunched by David Hale. It reflected what his teammates later said was the Bloods’ code.

Paul Roos, the architect of the Swans’ 2005 premiership, said yesterday’s success was not only good for the AFL, but also for Sydney’s  fledgling neighbour, Greater Western Sydney. ‘‘The Giants were always going to struggle ... the fact the Swans have won the premiership takes a little bit of pressure off the Giants and allows them to build a bit of momentum slowly, like everyone thought they would,’’ he said.

Lewis Jetta had tears of relief and delight after the game. He had achieved the ultimate success, and provided one of the highlights when he outran fellow speedster Cyril Rioli late in the first term. ‘‘When I got the handpass off Heath Grundy I took a little glimpse and I knew it was him [Rioli],’’ he said. ‘‘Pace is my strength and I backed my speed. I got away.  We’ll probably joke around and have a good laugh about it in the future.’’  Jetta still had tears welling after he was congratulated by his parents: ‘‘I couldn’t hold it in as soon as I saw mum and dad.’’