My dad’s go­ing to kick six goals, says lit­tle Lewis Betts

The Advertiser - - NEWS - ANTIMO IANNELLA MEL­BOURNE

ADE­LAIDE’S pre­mier­ship hopes are rid­ing on his fa­mous fa­ther and young Lewis Betts, son of Crows su­per­star Ed­die, is con­fi­dent his dad can de­liver on footy’s big­gest stage.

Aged al­most five, Lewis, and his brother Billy, 2, joined the goal­sneak dur­ing the tra­di­tional Grand Fi­nal pa­rade through Mel­bourne’s CBD, and the young­ster tipped his old man to em­u­late Dar­ren Jar­man’s ef­fort in the 1997 de­cider.

“He’ll kick six goals. Yeah, I think they’ll win by six points,” Lewis said.

Betts him­self was a lit­tle more cir­cum­spect and ad­mit­ted to nerves ahead of to­day’s clash against Rich­mond at the MCG. “I’ve ac­tu­ally got a few butterflies in my tummy, ob­vi­ously we’ve never done this be­fore but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it — I just can’t wait to get out there,” said Betts, who like his team­mates, will play in his first AFL grand fi­nal.

“We know what we need to do. If we just keep play­ing the way we’ve played all year, es­pe­cially in the last two fi­nals ... we know it’s been a big buildup, we know the crowd is go­ing to be 100,000 there, we’ve just got to em­brace it and have fun.”

Thou­sands of fans lined the pa­rade route and sought ev­ery van­tage point to cheer on their he­roes for the last time be­fore to­day’s fi­nale.

While Rich­mond’s Tiger Army was out in force for their first grand fi­nal in 35 years, the Crows’ well-trav­elled band of sup­port­ers def­i­nitely made their pres­ence felt in en­emy ter­ri­tory.

“You would think it would all be black and yel­low but it’s not, there’s plenty of Crows colours out there, it’s 50-50 I think, which is awesome,” Betts said.

“Hope­fully every­one can get to the game and cheer us on and we can come away with the win.”

Betts wasn’t the only Crows star to have some ex­tra sup­port dur­ing the pa­rade.

Util­ity David Mackay brought his young son Wil­liam, and for­ward Tom Lynch had four-year-old son Koby along­side him for the ride in the ute.

“It’s spe­cial to have him here for this. He’s four now and he’s able to un­der­stand a bit what’s go­ing on. He’s pretty stoked to be up here and he loves JJ (Josh Jenk­ins) so he’s rapt to be here,” Lynch said.

Among the crowd watch­ing yes­ter­day’s pa­rade were Char­lie Cameron’s grand­mother Hazel Sewter and aunt Su­san Sewter, who made the long trek from Morn­ing­ton Is­land, in Queens­land’s Gulf of Car­pen­taria.

“We were re­ally ex­cited when we saw Charles go past, it was a very proud mo­ment,” said Su­san, who flew to Mel­bourne via Cairns with Hazel, who’s in her 80s.

“We al­ways knew Charles would suc­ceed in what­ever he does, just his at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment to what­ever he puts his mind to.”.

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