Dual premiership player David King has identified a “sensational” moment from West Coast’s Lewis Jetta at three quarter time in last Saturday’s Grand Final.
Jetta had a quiet statistical game, recording 13 disposals – his lowest total since Round 16 – but King noticed a leadership and mentoring action that deserves attention.
After Liam Ryan stopped short of attacking the football in the Eagles’ forward line late in the third quarter, King explained how Jetta helped revitalise the confidence of the Eagles’ livewire small forward.
“This is where Ryan pulled out, he didn’t go, two minutes to go, players can fold, players can say, oh gee what have I done?” King told SEN’s Whateley.
“They can be mentally fried from that point forward. Lewis Jetta doesn’t get a lot of raps, not a lot of people talk positively about Lewis Jetta, but he got over, through his arm around him at three quarter time and said, mate we just need you for the last.
“We got to talk about that postgame, it will be talked about, but not now. This is too important.
“I thought that was just sensational, that is what team sports are about.
“Everyone is going to make mistakes, you can’t let them linger.”
King praised Ryan’s final term contributions, which included two behinds and a contested mark in the passage of play that led to Dom Sheed’s winning goal.
“His last quarter, just the poise, he laced out Josh Kennedy on the lead which no one was able to do all day,” King said.
“He took that mark (an inside 50 grab), I know he missed the goal, but to have the smarts to wrap in behind Kennedy when he led was really significant.
“That big pack mark, that was a significant moment.”
Listen to David King and Gerard Whateley dissect the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final on the Means Test in the player below