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We're just as hungry as Eagles: Swans

By Greg Buckle 26/09/2006 08:56:37 PM Comments (0)

Sydney coach Paul Roos rubbished suggestions West Coast would be hungrier for victory in Saturday's AFL grand final than the Swans, who won last year's decider by four points in a thriller over the Eagles.

"You can't get redemption from last year. It doesn't mean to say when this week (if the Swans lose) we get one taken away from us," Roos said at the SCG.

"So I don't think that's a motivation for the Eagles at all. The motivation for the Eagles is to win on Saturday.

"They'll be trying as hard as they did last year. I couldn't imagine them trying harder, otherwise you would be selling them short for what they did last year.

"So they are going to be very, very hungry, as we are. They are going to be very ready to play, as we will be.

"It's going to be a great grand final. Will it go down to the last 10 seconds?

"Only based on history you would probably say yes, but who knows?"

The two clubs have built a tremendous tradition of close finishes in recent clashes, including a one-point win to the Swans at Subiaco Oval in this month's qualifying final.

Roos has given up hope of keeping West Coast's dynamic midfielder Chris Judd quiet. Judd won the Norm Smith Medal in last year's grand final.

Roos says even putting the super-athletic Adam Goodes, who won his second Brownlow Medal on Monday night, on Judd again won't save the Swans from another spectacular Judd performance.

"There's a chance, yeah. We've done it twice," Roos said of the marquee match-up.

"They've had some terrific battles. I think Chris got three votes the day that he played from memory and Adam got two (in round 15 2006).

"So even the umpires enjoyed it.

"If Chris Judd comes out of the game with only 10 or 15 possessions I'll be absolutely flabbergasted because I don't think we have a player who can actually do it."

Goodes said he felt the Eagles were "red-hot favourites".

"Their midfield is just absolutely on fire at the moment," he said.

"It's going to be a very tough job for us to hold them back.

"I think it would be a great match-up. Chris Judd is going to get touches no matter who you put on him."

Sydney's lucky charm could be small forward Adam Schneider, who at 22 can boast a wealth of winning grand-final experience.

The pacy left-footer from Osborne, near Albury, has been winning flags at senior level since the age of 15.

A premiership player with the Swans last year, he has become an integral part of the line-up in 2006, playing all 24 games for a career tally of 76 games including successfully blanketing Fremantle's playmaking half-back Heath Black last week.

"I've been lucky enough to play in five grand finals at Osborne, three senior ones and two junior ones," said Schneider.

"We won them all.

"I do like rising to the occasion. Being a small forward, you need to have that sort of attribute ... to rise to the occasion and take a chance when there is not too many chances out there."

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