Sydney midfielder Daniel Hannebery says a rousing three-quarter time speech from Jarrad McVeigh ultimately played a big part in getting the Swans over the line in Saturday's thrilling grand final victory over Hawthorn.
In a big momentum shift, Hawthorn kicked five of the last six goals in the third quarter as they turned a 28-point deficit early in the term into a one-point lead at the last change.
And, while the Hawks scored the first two goals of the final term in what looked a match-winning two-minute burst, the Swans rallied once again from 12 points down to boot the game's last four majors as they secured their fifth premiership in a dramatic finale.
In a classy performance that belied his 21 years, Hannebery had a hand in Nick Malceski's match-winning goal with 34 seconds remaining, although that was one of just 29 touches Hannebery had for the day.But the young midfielder said despite his efforts it was still co-captain McVeigh leading the charge as the Swans looked to settle the nerves at three-quarter time."Macca gave us a really good three-quarter time speech," Hannebery recounted."(He) said, 'leave nothing out there. How much do you want this cup?'"And we all roared that we wanted it and that last quarter was one of the great last quarters."I'm probably too young to appreciate how good this feels, there's guys that have been around a long time and know it only comes around once, guys like McVeigh, (Ted) Richards, Malceski missed out in '06."(They) really told us that you don't get the opportunity often and three-quarter time that rang through and every bloke in that last quarter just gave every single ounce of energy they had.
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