Daryn Cresswell is a ballwinning machine who relentlessly puts himself into contests, feeding the ball out to his running teammates. He remains one of the hardest workers off the field as well as on it.
Player honors: best and fairest 1994; 2nd best and fairest 1997, 1998, 1999; 3rd best and fairest 1996, 2000; All-Australian 1997.
Brownlow Medal: 2000 votes (11); career votes (46).
In Round 2002 against the Kangaroos Daryn Cresswell sealed the game with a kick for goal after the siren. After four gruelling quarters of attrition between Sydney and the Kangaroos, it all came down to umpire Gavin Doreâ€™s decision to award a free kick against Shannon Motlop for high contact on Cresswell.
Whether deserved or not, the free gave Cresswell the chance to cover himself in glory with a shot on goal after the siren. His sausage roll split the uprights from 35 earning the Swans four points and leaving the Roos empty handed.
For his part, Cresswell couldnâ€™t remember what the free kick was for, nor did he hear the siren.
â€śAdrenaline was running pretty high but I think he grabbed me around the throat. I remember I got the free kick and thought there wasnâ€™t much longer to go. The umpire then said I couldnâ€™t play on so I assumed the siren had sounded."
Later Cresswell admitted he did play for the free after he looked up and saw 30-minutes had passed.
â€śI knew it was coming towards the end of the game so I might have played for it, experience tells you you have to play free kicks in the situations like that. So I was just concentrating on my routine and I knew the result would look after itself then."
His coach, Rodney Eade
admitted he did see the incident but had trouble watching as Cresswell took the kick from the right forward pocket on a difficult angle.
â€śHeâ€™s not the most reliable, Daryn, but having said that there was a voice of positivity from a couple match committee members. I must give Daryn his due he has done that in the past to win games but I must admit I couldnâ€™t look.â€