JARRYD Roughead’s dream of adding a second premiership medallion to his collection will have to wait after Hawthorn went down to the Sydney Swans on Saturday in the season decider.
Roughead and his Hawks couldn’t repeat their 2008 heroics on football’s biggest day, in the end falling to a dogged Swans outfit by 10 points in front of close to 100,000 people.
In his normal forward/ruck role, Roughead picked up 14 disposals (nine kicks, five handballs), three marks, three clearances and 18 hit-outs.
Usually reliable in front of goals, Roughead had a day he would rather forget, highlighted by his zero goals, three behinds, including one that would have been the first major of the match.
In a match that will go down forever in football folklore as a great grand final, it wasn’t the best of days for the bigger bodied players such as Roughead with every possession coming at a premium.
Following the loss, in which they had more scoring shots, Jarryd’s father Michael Roughead said the loss was very disappointing.
“He was awfully disappointed but there’s not much he can do about it. You just know, he knows, it was a missed opportunity,” Michael said.
“It was a waste of a year, in that sense. They were the best side in it and they have to live with that.
“They had more of the ball, more scoring shots, it’s very frustrating but you can’t do anything about that now.
“There are too many if’s and but’s, and at the end of the day they weren’t good enough.
“It will be interesting to see what happens and how and if they come back. We will just wait and see.”
Michael said he hopes the grand final loss on Saturday stings the Hawks like the 2008 loss hurt Geelong before they went on to win again in 2009.
“They are hard to win, after they won in 2008 many people expected them to win on Saturday, but nothing is a given,” Michael said.
Jarryd, who has been battling with an ankle injury, will have surgery to clean up the ankle and remove some bone fragments tomorrow (Wednesday).
“There are no excuses, you cross the white line you are expected to perform. The media hasn’t been too complimentary to him, but he has to suck it up, that’s the industry he’s in,” Michael said.
“It wasn’t one of his better days, but he wasn’t a lone ranger, there was a few of them out there.
“But life goes on.”
In his time off Jarryd will travel to the USA with his girlfriend Sarah where he will visit an aunty working there, and possibly indulge his passion for American sports, particularly the NBA.
The ‘Sentinel-Times’ was unable to contact Jarryd today, and who could blame him for being out of range after what has been a tremendously busy month.
Many in the local community wish him well, despite the result, and took a keen interest in his efforts on the big stage.