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Where to now for sombre, shattered Swans

  • Where to now for sombre, shattered Swans

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Dan Hannebery of the Swans is seen injured during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sydney star Dan Hannebery says Saturday's AFL grand final loss to the Western Bulldogs will drive them to be better, but they feel even flatter and more frustrated a day after their defeat.

The Swans returned to Sydney on Sunday following their second grand final loss in three seasons.

"It will burn for a while and it's probably what will drive hopefully the group to get better," Hannebery said on afl.com.au

"We need to get better and there's no doubt all those guys in there want to get another shot and try and lift that cup up like the Bulldogs did yesterday."

Hannebery said it was frustrating Sydney got beaten in areas they pride themselves on, including contested ball.

The morning after the night before brought no consolation for the Swans, who lost by 22 points at the MCG.

"Everyone was quite emotional this morning and you're still pretty gutted," Hannebery said.

"You're devastated after the game and then you wake up and you're probably even more frustrated and flat."

Hannebery said he was sore but not too concerned after suffering a medial ligament knee injury in the final quarter.

He will have it scanned, but wasn't critical of the umpires for not awarding a free-kick for the challenge of Bulldogs' skipper Easton Wood, which caused the injury.

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