Ex- Blood Jetta joins elite club af­ter tak­ing sec­ond shot at glory

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - AFL - NEIL CORDY

SYD­NEY Swan turned West Coast Ea­gle Lewis Jetta has grabbed a spe­cial piece of history be­com­ing just the 30th player in AFL/ VFL history to win a premier­ship at two clubs.

The dasher had to fight for his spot in the Ea­gles premier­ship line- up, play­ing just 27 games in his first two years back home in Western Aus­tralia.

But a switch to de­fence this sea­son helped the wing­man ce­ment his place in a su­per tal­ented Ea­gles team and claim an epic premier­ship win.

“It feels amaz­ing,” Jetta said. “Words can’t de­scribe how I feel. The best thing about it is I get to do the lap of hon­our with my kids ( Lewis, 7,

and Daisy, 5). It was one of my proud­est mo­ments.”

Play­ing on Will Hoskin- El­liott for most of the game along with oc­ca­sional spells on Travis Var­coe and Josh Thomas, Jetta did a good job con­tain­ing the ex­plo­sive group of Colling­wood small for­wards, who fin­ished with two goals be­tween them.

Had the Mag­pies saluted it would have been Var­coe who joined the two- club premier­ship team af­ter win­ning the 2009 and 2011 flags with Gee­long.

“Our boys are an un­be­liev­able bunch,” Jetta said. “They just kept fight­ing and fight­ing. Dom Sheed’s left foot — it’s that red dirt from Kal­go­or­lie com­ing out of him right there.”

Sheed’s match- win­ning goal from the bound­ary was com­pli­mented by Jetta’s pen­e­trat­ing and ac­cu­rate kick­ing from de­fence.

The for­mer Swan helped set up a host of for­ward thrusts and dom­i­nated the ter­ri­to­rial game. The Ea­gles fin­ished with a 63- 48 ad­van­tage in the in­side 50 count and had 23 scor­ing shots to the Mag­pies 19.

Debu­tant premier­ship coach Adam Simp­son paid trib­ute to Jetta in the lead- up to the match declar­ing he had be­come a “real man” in his time in Perth while fight­ing for his spot.

“On field he’s been great but off field he’s turned into a real man,” Simp­son said.

“He has a young fam­ily and he’s called ‘ Un­cle Jetts’ by the In­dige­nous boys. They re­ally look up to him and he’s a re­ally deep thinker and a leader. When I got him over I wasn’t think­ing about his lead­er­ship but he’s grown into it.”

Jetta was a key fig­ure in the Swans’ 2012 premier­ship team kick­ing 45 goals from the wing and earn­ing a nom­i­na­tion for the All Aus­tralian team.

His 80- me­tre run and goal against Colling­wood in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at ANZ Sta­dium and his sprint away from Cyril Ri­oli in the grand fi­nal are etched in the mem­o­ries of the Syd­ney faith­ful.

His 2014 grand fi­nal was one to for­get and he prob­a­bly did af­ter Ben McEvoy knocked him un­con­scious in a mark­ing con­test. He fin­ished the day with just four pos­ses­sions as the Hawks belted Syd­ney.

“I knew what it felt to lose,” Jetta said.

Wil­lie Ri­oli, Liam Ryan, Tom Cole and Lewis Jetta cel­e­brate.

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