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Swans disrespected club legends: Bolton

By Josh Jerga 22/07/2009 07:49:20 PM Comments (0)

The meals served to Swans greats at their hall of fame dinner on Saturday night were ruined by the sour taste of Sydney's ten-goal loss to Carlton just hours earlier, Jude Bolton believes.

The Swans midfielder said the side's fourth quarter capitulation to the Blues before the club honoured 23 Sydney greats was disrespectful to legends such as Bob Skilton and Paul Kelly.

"To be over-run like we were against Carlton was really disappointing, especially before a hall of fame dinner," Bolton said.

"It was a really disappointing effort.

"To put a sour taste in everyone's mouth at the function was pretty disrespectful for all the players who have played beforehand."

Following a goalless fourth quarter, the Swans held their inaugural hall of fame function which inducted 23 past players from the club's 135-year South Melbourne and Sydney history.

Bolton said although the side entered the dinner carrying a heavy defeat, some of the Swans' young up-and-comers were left with a new-found sense of club pride.

"We were disappointed but in saying that it was a great function still," he said.

"Just to show what the club's been through across the whole time, it was great for some of the young guys like Dan Hannebery and Jesse White to see some of the history.

"I was sitting on Dan Hannebery's table and Bob Skilton's coming up to him and saying `go for it mate and just enjoy your career' and that's pretty special for those young guys."

Many at the club are hoping this sense of pride in the red and white jumper will continue to spur on young forward White, one of the few highlights in Sydney's disappointing loss.

The 21-year-old White kicked four goals against Carlton and is being touted as a long-term replacement for Barry Hall up front.

Bolton said White has all the makings of a quality forward and just needs to start showing some consistency every week.

"He's a powerful young kid, he's got the speed and strength and we just need him to really have that work rate and consistency over four quarters," Bolton said.

"I guess there's a lot of guys in that boat at the moment but Jesse has got all the talent and he just needs to do the work and produce what he has in reserves, which is a great start with four goals up forward."

Meanwhile Ted Richards, who suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs against Carlton, is still in hospital while a chest drain continues to re-inflate his lung.

He is expected to be released on Thursday and will then spend a couple of days with family in Melbourne until he returns to Sydney.

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