Swan desperate for redemption after 2012 NEAFL heartbreak

Tigers captain Andrew Swan will be keen to get the monkey off his back in the grand final this Saturday after missing out on the 2012 NEAFL premiership. Photo: Steph Konatar.

Tigers captain Andrew Swan will be keen to get the monkey off his back in the grand final this Saturday after missing out on the 2012 NEAFL premiership. Photo: Steph Konatar.

AFL: It's 2012, the third quarter of the final game of the regular season, Queanbeyan had only dropped three matches and sat at top of the table, looking to win comfortably over Tuggeranong at Greenway Oval and head into finals with a strong chance at the flag.

Rising star Andrew Swan attempted to spoil an opponent and landed awkwardly, rupturing his ACL and little did he know at the time, but also blowing his chance at a NEAFL premiership.

The St. Edmunds' product attempted to push the knee in the semi final against Ainslie the following week, but could not take to the field, eventually undergoing an ACL, meniscal and medial repairs and watching the Tigers' NEAFL grand final from the sidelines.

In 2015, the whole town is getting behind the Queanbeyan Tigers, willing them to get over the line on Sunday against Belconnen in the AFL Canberra grand final, but no one will be more desperate to get the win than the now captain Swan.

"I'm really going to give it my all [this weekend] because I was absolutely devastated to miss out [on the 2012 NEAFL premiership]," Swan said.

"It was a really good win, I'd never won a grand final and I'd worked so hard all year, I didn't miss a game, but these things happen.

"The boys were very supportive and made me feel like I was still a part of the team, but you know [the premiership] wasn't your doing."

The 22-year-old's future at the club was uncertain at the start of the season after the club withdrew from the NEAFL competition, but said a premiership would well and truly reassure his decision to stay.

"We lost 42 players last season, so where we've come from to where we are now, thanks to juniors coming up and good recruiting has really paid off," he said.

"Going off our last bit of form gives the boys confidence, it will be a hard contest, but to win it as a captain would be absolutely unreal."

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