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Swan's appetite for big stage

Swan screamer Dane Swan takes a screamer and finishes
Dane Swan won the Anzac Medal after dominating against the Bombers

MAGPIE midfielder Dane Swan has produced an emphatic reply to those questioning his fitness, inspiring Collingwood to a one-point Anzac Day win against Essendon at the MCG.

After a quiet start to the year, Swan's fitness was questioned by some in the media, with the Magpie forced to deny being overweight at a press conference during the week.

However, the midfield star proved his fitness - and his extraordinary football ability - by collecting 42 touches, six tackles and booting three goals against the Bombers.

The 28-year-old was awarded the Anzac Medal after the nail-biting win, winning best afield votes from all three judges.

Medal voting
9 - Dane Swan (Collingwood)
2 - Ben Johnson (Collingwood), Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood), Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
1 - Dayne Beams (Collingwood), David Zaharakis (Essendon), Dyson Heppell (Essendon)

How they voted
Tony Shaw (3AW, chairman) - Swan, Pendlebury, Beams
Luke Darcy (MMM) - Swan, Sidebottom, Heppell
Martin Blake (The Age) - Swan, Johnson, Zaharakis

More to come