An emotional John Longmire detailed the crazy pre-match roller coaster his club went through on Sunday night, described by late inclusion as a “sh*tshow” “.
Longmire’s Swans weathered unprecedented chaos before the Covid game and a 35-point deficit to make it into the remaining top 4, overtake the Giant to win 26 points.
Longmire’s post-game vision, aired on Fox Footy’s First crack Crack, showing him wiping away tears as he hugged youngster Errol Gulden, Will Hayward, Justin McInerney and Dylan Stephens before wrapping his arm around veteran teammate Josh Kennedy.
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Hours earlier, he was unsure if the Sydney Derby would take place after his three players at Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan – as well as the giants at Toby Greene and Matt de Boer – forced to retreat. from a late game like the Australia-France rugby match at AAMI Park last week has been upgraded to a Level 2 contact venue.
James Rowbottom, Dylan Stephens and Ben Ronke were all later included in the Swans’ 23-man team, though all three had taken part in a scratch match the day before.
Rowbottom revealed to the Swans website after the game that he had been in the bathroom 70 minutes before his first turn on when he received a call from club official Peter Berbakov.
“He said, ‘what are you doing?’ and I said, ‘I’m just staying in a hotel to relax’. He said ‘well, get your stuff ready, there’s a sh*tshow here, you could be playing,’ Rowbottom told the club’s website.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Longmire also detailed what happened in the frenetic hours before the game.
“I quickly picked up the phone and called the players back to the hotel,” Longmire said. “We sent the paramedics in and looked at the players we thought could be back up – and then I called them and then told them to get in the car and get off the pitch, change.
“We are not sure if it is locked or not. So when it was locked we just got the players together and told them: ‘We’ve been out for a month, we’ve lost staff, we don’t have a player. fitness and you lose three players before the game (and bring back three) played yesterday. ‘
“To say it was a good win would probably be an understatement.”
Kangaroo dual frontman David King said Longmire’s raw post-match emotions would make Swans fans “proud”.
“I love seeing this. This is a family, this is brotherhood, this is everyone in it together, everyone does their part,” said King. First crack Crack.
“If you were a Swans supporter watching that, you would think ‘how proud am I of my football club?’ Okay, they play the way they play, but really they are united and together.
“That one can build, it can roll, and suddenly you get a snowball effect and they can snow their way through September.”
It was the Swans’ third win in the sprint, cementing their place in the top six and putting them within a significant gap from the top four.
Dual All-Australian Leigh Montagna labeled Sydney “now officially the hottest team in the competition right now”.
“You have to win the leadership position, you have to have that drive – and they’re galvanized and it’s all in there. You can see they are heavily invested in this season and it will go a long way. “
While acknowledging that it is difficult for the Swans to win the flag from outside the top four, Montagna says there is a path for Longmire’s men to earn double chances, with all of their remaining five games facing teams. lower than them on the ladder. .
“Looking at this home run for the Swans, they have every chance to finish in the top four and have a real tilt.
“They’ve got winnable games on their way home, they’re playing the best football in the league right now and there’s something special about this group in a centre, away from home with everything going on. takes place. They’re a galvanized group, they’re taking the South Melbourne spirit… and getting back to the Bloods culture that has kept them grounded. “