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