Published by Justin Chadwick, 18 September 2018 on foxsports.com.au
WEST Coast’s Lewis Jetta has a potential treat in store for footy fans this weekend, and it involves Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Jetta sent tongues wagging two weeks ago when he unleashed a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired celebration after kicking the go-ahead goal in the Eagles’ qualifying final win over Collingwood.
The 29-year-old has been busy watching more YouTube celebrations and he’s liked what he’s seen from NBA legends Jordan and Bryant.
“I’ve been watching them when they hit the winning shot, fist forward and they tap the ground twice,” Jetta said before Saturday’s preliminary final against Melbourne at Optus Stadium.
“So I might do that one.
“Maybe I will do ones from LeBron James or (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.”
Expressive goal celebrations are common in America but are rarely seen in Australia.
Jetta wants to help change that, believing a good celebration can be crucial in pumping up teammates.
“I figured if I do a goal celebration against Collingwood it would get the boys up, because last year I did celebrations and it got them up,” he said.
“In some games momentum turned and I figured this will be the perfect time to do it now.
“And we kicked another two goals after that.”
Jetta’s celebrations haven’t always gone down well, however. In 2015 while playing for Sydney, he performed an indigenous war dance that involved throwing a make-believe spear in the direction of Eagles fans, who interpreted it as an act of aggression.
Jetta later revealed that he was merely recreating a dance that was taught to him by indigenous teenagers from the Flying Boomerangs, who perform the war cry overseas when playing for Australia.
He performed the dance that day in support of then-teammate Adam Goodes, who had been unfairly booed by the crowd.
So what are the chances of Jetta being able to unleash a goal celebration against the Demons on Saturday?
Pretty slim, with Jetta having been stationed in defence all year. His goal against Collingwood was his first of the season.
Jetta’s rebound run and precise kicking has become a vital weapon this year, setting up numerous attacking opportunities.
And his role in taking West Coast’s indigenous players under his wing has also been vital.
Goal sneak Liam Ryan, who copped a two-match ban for an early-morning car crash in July, praised Jetta for helping him turn his life around.
He described Jetta as like an older brother, saying the support he had received from the 172-gamer was vital.