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by Lisa, reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Former St. Kilda and Syndey champion, and the league's goals record holder, Tony Lockett believes Sydney can win back-to-back premierships because it is a champion team with a Paul Roos-inspired work ethic that will overpower the class and talent of West Coast. However, he said it would again be a hard-fought contest.

Lockett praised Coach Paul Roos, saying his impact on the club was impressive and described the team as a disciplined "well oiled machine", and believes the Swans will start as favorites. He conceded that the Eagles will be hungry after the hurt and disappointment of last year's nailbiting loss.   Lockett, who usually shuns the media spotlight, will make a rare public appearance at the Grand Final to take part in the pre-game Hall of Fame motorcade at the MCG and is looking forward to watching the Swans hoist the premiership cup.

Lockett played in only one Grand Final in his 281 game, 1360 goal career, a loss to the Kangaroos in 1996. The 1987 Brownlow medallist moved to Sydney from St Kilda in late 1994, and reinvigorated his career. He broke Gordon Coventry's AFL goalkicking record of 1299 goals, set in 1937, in 1999 - ironically breaking the record against the club Coventry played for - Collingwood.

Source: Melbourne Age

Article last changed on Friday, September 29, 2006 - 1:38 PM EDT

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