Lloyd’s other 1996 prelim nightmare

Lloyd's other 1996 prelim nightmare

“I tried out to hip-and-shoulder him and my elbow obviously arrived straight back into my upper body and I assumed I was poorly winded,” Lloyd tells The Age.

“So I took some time off the floor and then I just couldn’t concentration on what ‘Sheeds’ [coach Kevin Sheedy] was saying at 50 percent-time.

“I went to [club doctor] Bruce Reid as we’re about to operate back again out, I reported, ‘Reidy, I am just not experience properly at all’, and so I reckon I tried for the very first five minutes of the 3rd quarter and I was just quite faint, shedding all the colour in my deal with and which is when I obviously was rushed to hospital.

“I experienced a litre-and-a-half of blood in my abdomen and what occurred was I was in a King’s Cross medical center on a Saturday night time and they loaded me with morphine and bought me to hop a couple moments, they mentioned, ‘do you feel any far better?’ And I claimed, ‘yes I am’, so they allow me go and I was back at the hotel.”

It turns out that Lloyd experienced ruptured his spleen and Reid was certain that if Lloyd’s mother and father weren’t keeping with him in Sydney that evening, the potential premiership star would have died.

“I said to my mum and dad, ‘can you help me get to the toilet’, and when I went to the rest room, I just handed all blood and that’s when they identified as ‘Reidy’ and claimed, ‘can you get up here,” Lloyd mentioned.

Lloyd was sooner or later rushed to a distinctive hospital by ambulance and ended up spending the subsequent 10 days in excruciating pain, recovering from his severe harm. Luckily for us for him, although, he was in a position to continue to keep his spleen.

“I missing 10-12 kilos through that period of time and could have no speak to for the next 3 months,” he explained.

Lloyd didn’t conclude up looking at Lockett’s renowned place following the siren until a couple of months later on.

The silver lining for the a few-time Coleman medallist was that he averted what is broadly regarded as Sheedy’s fiercest article-match spray to his gamers, a dressing-down so harsh that Sheedy regards it as a single of the most important regrets of his vocation.

The match will constantly be remembered for Lockett’s position, but there were a few other players who also played vital roles in receiving the Swans about the line, which includes Dale Lewis, who had 18 touches, a recreation-superior nine marks and a few of his team’s 10 goals.

The Swans celebrate a famous gain soon after the siren.Credit history:Joe Armao


“I experienced to notify the boys that I’m a huge-recreation player and I’m still to engage in in any, this was in the early 90s,” Lewis reported as he recalled a darkish period in Sydney record that noticed them acquire three picket spoons in a row.

“So I experienced to wait for them to occur together.

“I played well in all my finals … I would always needed to enjoy finals and I just felt like I experienced the potential to have a little bit of an affect.

“I definitely am extremely very pleased of that efficiency but … could’ve genuinely simply kicked 5 or six [goals] and built daily life a little bit easier for us.”

Lewis continue to remembers vividly the times right right after Lockett scored that driving.

“I went to celebrate and for the reason that I was double-fist-pumping and I went to glimpse at ‘Staff’ [ruckman Greg Stafford] and he’d long gone,” he said.


“So if you view the footage, I am a person of the previous to the pile-on. I will not even get to leap on, I just have to lean above.

“It was like I had skipped the start in the 100 [metre sprint], I certainly blew it. I was not blessed with speed, I necessary a head begin and then I cocked it up by celebrating the instant down there.

“Attempting to get off the ground was just amazing and the sound in that final quarter was just, as we had been coming back, the major ‘Sydney’ chant, I feel it’s one particular of the first times it at any time occurred I think, and it was just echoing about, it was so loud and you couldn’t listen to anything at all or anyone.

“The biggest 4 or 5 minutes of my sporting everyday living is the instant that Tony kicked it to us receiving downstairs into the coaches room and the realisation dawning on us all that we ended up likely to play in a grand ultimate, which is one thing we all dreamt about, especially us men who’d been on the a–hole stop of breakfast with the operate by way of the early 90s.”

Lewis, who early in his vocation endured the ignominy of handing out free of charge tickets to Sydney game titles at McDonald’s eating places, believes the 1996 preliminary remaining was the precise moment where by the Swans formally received over the town.

Sydney shed the grand remaining to North Melbourne the subsequent week by 43 details.

Ronny Lerner is a Athletics reporter for The Age.

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