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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Down but not out

WINNER IN OUR EYES: Gunnedah product Sam Naismith debuted in his first AFL grand final for the Sydney Swans at the weekend. He is pictured in Gunnedah earlier this year.“A disappointing way to finish” and “adds a bit of fire to the belly”were amongSam Naismith’s commentsin the wake of last Saturday’s AFL grand final loss for the Sydney Swans.
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A premiership was well within reach of the Gunnedah product and his Swans team-mates as the deciderwas closely fought for much of the time, only for the Western Bulldogs toprevail 13-11-89 to 10-7-67.

Asked four days later if it was a bittersweet occasion, Naismith said: “Yes and no. It’s more bitter than sweet at the moment, that’s for sure.

“In the next couple of weeks it will be pretty sweet to think I played in a grand final.”

Playing infront of a crowd of 99,981 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was something Naismith described as “definitely an experience in itself”.

“It’s a bit of a change. The atmosphere there was crazy,” he said, referring to a sea of fans in Swans colours and a sea of fans in Bulldogs colours.

“It’s a crazy experience, (especially) the amount of noise when someone takes a mark or kicks a goal.

“You couldn’t hear your team-mates.”

With personal match statistics of 13 disposals and 21 hit-outs, Naismith said: “I definitely tried as hard as I could.”

With the Swans having reviewed the game, Naismith said the players thought they “were down in patches when the Bulldogs were picking up the momentum”.

“Everyone was slow to react at times. (It’s) disappointing not to be able to make amends,” he said.

With the Swans fielding a lot of inexperienced players this year, Naismith said: “Next year we’ll be better for it, and it’s going to help us in the long run.”

Naismithdeemed that “definitely it was a fairly successful year” for him, following some injury troubles in the past few years.

“I got everything out of it that I wanted,” he said, specifying that he was able to play football regularly and “get on top of injuries”.

Naismith attributed his vastly improved fortunes to resilience, and taking confidence from the coaches who backedhim.

Naismithwas also very appreciative of everyone who had helped him along the way.

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