14-gamer Oliver Florent was the hero for the Swans on Saturday afternoon, kicking the winner with just 23 seconds left in the match.
Remarkably like Papley's goal against Adelaide last year, a speculative long kick out of defence created the chance, that fortuitously landed in the hands of a Sydney player.
Florent marked uncontested and instantly played on, with Bulldogs ruckman Tim English giving chase, forcing him to kick at goal from 50 metres out.
The ball bounced through and Oliver celebrated in style.
“I knew there wasn't long on the clock, it would have been a bit more intense if we were down, but I thought there was a lot of space in front of me,” Florent said.
“I'm running with a ruckman, I looked at him and it was Tim English, and he's a pretty good player and very quick and I just had to throw it on the boot and luckily it rolled through.”
“I carried on a bit like a pork chop.”
The Swans turned the game around in the third quarter kicking four unanswered goals, inspired by Longmire’s stirring half-time speech.
“Credit to the boys, they worked hard after half-time, and we got a ripping from Horse, and we stood up and proceeded to go on and win the game,” Florent said.
“It was a big third quarter, they came at us and we had to really go back at them, credit to them, they worked hard and made us really earn the win.
“It was a couple of big efforts from the boys that got us over the line.”
The 19-year-old has rapidly improved and was one of the best players for the Swans in their round 2 loss to Port Adelaide.
While on the fringes of the team in season 2017, Florent has played in all of the Swans’ games this season and has quickly established himself as an important player.
Despite improved performances, Florent knows that there is more development to come.
“I know that I can work on my game, and everyone’s got to improve at some point,” Florent said.
“I'm happy that I'm playing consistent football and it's really a credit to the boys, they make me feel so comfortable out there, and I absolutely love getting out there and playing.
“I've spoken with a few coaches and they're pretty happy with how I'm going, but I want to get better.”
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