When the emotions are still raw, immediately after the game the Knotwood post-match interview is the only place for you to get all the latest from inside the SUNS changerooms.
David Swallow led from the front all night with 25 disposals, 12 contested, four tackles and five clearances and he caught up with SUNS media after the game.
When asked about the key message from Senior Coach Stuart Dew post-game, Swallow said Dewy was full of praise for the young group.
“He was certainly proud of the fight and the effort, “Swallow said.
“He felt like the boys showed a lot of heart, especially with the game going down to the wire in the end.
Swallow mirrored Dew’s comments but highlighted a slow start which allowed Port Adelaide to get their tails up.
“Away from home and against a quality opposition that are in good form, I’m really proud of the boys.”
“Ultimately, we gave them a bit of a start, so we were probably playing catch up a bit.
Swallow was quick to focus on the opportunity his young chargers could take from what was a gripping encounter in enemy territory.
“I felt like Noah Anderson really stood up in that last quarter and so did some of the other younger guys, which is really pleasing to see.
“Certainly we’ll take a lot out of that, hopefully those boys (younger lads) learnt a lot, it’s a fiery hostile crowd and they should take a lot out of how they were able to play in those conditions.
“I think we’ve just got to take the belief that what we’re doing stacks up, we came here in good form, came here with plenty of belief that we could get the job done and beat them here.
“We had our chances to win the game in the end and we’ve got to keep growing and keep building.”
As for what’s next?
“I suppose for us, we’ve got a six-day break, we’ve got to move on pretty quickly and focus on a big game next week against the Pies.”
“It’s a big game next Saturday night against the Pies and we’ll go in with full confidence.”
Metricon Stadium is will be rocking on Saturday night for the clash against Collingwood with the club pushing for close to 20,000 people in attendance and Aussie Rock icon Daryl Braithwaite to perform live in the pre-game.
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