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Originally posted as ‘Sydney premiership player Nick Davis to host Swans fans at this year’s Grand Final’ on The Daily Telegraph website
Nick Davis has experienced AFL grand final day as a fan, player and coach — but for this year’s decider he will play tour host to a band of lucky Sydney Swans fans.
One of the heroes of Sydney’s breakthrough 2005 premiership, Davis is on board to lead 22 Daily Telegraph readers on a pilgrimage to the MCG for Saturday’s epic showdown against the Western Bulldogs.
Virgin Australia and The Daily Telegraph are giving away 11 double passes to the grand final as part of Virgin’s ‘When Colours Unite Together We Fly’ campaign.
The prize includes flights, transfers and grand final tickets, and Davis will be there from the moment you arrive at the airport.
As a boy Davis went to several AFL deciders with his father Craig, who played more than 100 games for Collingwood.
As a player it was his legendary fourth-quarter semi-final performance against Geelong that got the Swans to the MCG in 2005 and for several years Davis has featured as the Swans’ kicking coach.
Few understand more than Davis what grand final day means.
“It’s not just the two hours of footy, it’s the whole event starting with the parade the day before,” said Davis.
“Grand final morning, just the atmosphere around Melbourne is electric. Everyone’s got their colours on and everyone is talking football and everyone has their opinions on the game.
“It starts from the moment the sun goes up, you just feel the energy around the MCG. It’s something really special.
“Hopefully I’ll be an OK tour guide and I can give the winners a little bit of an insight into the grand final.”
Sydney star Aliir Aliir has featured prominently in a Virgin campaign aimed at encouraging people from all walks of life to show their colours these finals’.
Davis believes the Swans are on the verge of achieving something special after their grand final disappointment in 2014.
“The last two weeks have been some really special starts to games and they’ve been back to what makes them such a good side and what’s made us such a good club over a number of years,” said Davis.
“I think it’s been three grand finals in the last five years and that’s off the back of how we played in 05 and 06.
“This team has shown some similar capabilities with the way they go about it.
“They’re a ruthless lot and really resilient, so the things that will get thrown up on grand final day I’m sure they’ll be able to deal with them pretty easy.”