Former Roo a guest speaker

COMING TO TOWN: Wayne Schwass celebrated the Roos’ 1996 premiership.

FORMER North Melbourne and Sydney champion Wayne Schwass will be a guest speaker at the 2013 Telstra Store AFL Grand Final Breakfast, and is looking forward to sharing some of his experiences of the biggest day on the Australian sporting calendar.

Schwass, the 1994 and ’95 North Melbourne best and fairest, was a key member of the club’s 1996 premiership side, when the Roos defeated Sydney Swans by 43 points.

“It’s the best day of the year,” Schwass told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday.

“I was fortunate enough to be involved in a winning grand final, and every year when we come around to this time of year it feels like it was yesterday.

“I still remember the game and the whole week leading up to it – it was funny, because the training sessions we had during the week were the only time you could get a bit of peace and quiet.

“The rest of the time you had people coming up to you and asking questions, trying to get tickets – it really was non-stop.

“Then the grand final parade was amazing with everyone lining the streets of Melbourne – the atmosphere was incredible.

“And then on game day you are just waiting for it all to start, and then once it does it is just so intense.

“It wasn’t until the last 10 minutes that we got the chance to relax a bit and just soak up the atmosphere.

“But the best part was the 30 minutes following the final siren – when all the emotion and the realisation of what you have achieved hits you.”

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