Premiership coach one day, first time father the next.
The weekend of September 16-17, 2017, will be one Julian Bull will never forget.
On Saturday, the Wycheproof-Narraport playing coach led the Demons to premiership glory in the North Central Football Netball League.
On Sunday, Bull and his partner, Olivia McEvoy, welcomed daughter Indie Hazel Bull into the world at Bendigo Hospital.
Had baby Indie arrived 24 hours earlier, Bull would have been at the hospital instead of leading his team to a premiership.
“At 2am Saturday morning everything started and we went into hospital about 6am,’’ Bull said on Tuesday.
“Olivia was checked out and the doctor was confident nothing was going to happen that day. We had family at the hospital with Olivia and at about 11am I took off from the hospital to drive to Boort.
“I had people on the sidelines ready to grab me if anything happened while the grand final was going on.
“It certainly made things more stressful. I was a bit flustered.”
It wasn’t the perfect preparation for a grand final. Olivia’s due date was in early October, so the couple didn’t expect the birth to clash with grand final day.
“After quarter time I started to switch on to footy a bit better,’’ Bull said.
“After the game I checked with my dad and brother on how things were going and they said everything was fine.
“I spoke to Olivia on the phone to check if she was okay. I had a little bit of time with the boys celebrating (the premiership) and then went back to the hospital.”
A little more than 24 hours after the final siren sounded to announce Wycheproof-Narraport’s premiership, Indie arrived safe and sound.
“Everything went really smoothly,’’ Bull said.
“Olivia and Indie did a great job, they’re healthy and we couldn’t be happier.”
The Demons have been partying hard since Saturday’s win over Birchip-Watchem.
“We’ve had great support family wise at the hospital, so I snuck out for a little while on Monday to catch up with the boys,’’ Bull said.
“You could say we wet the baby’s head.”
Little Indie is bred to be a premiership player.
While Julian celebrated premiership success at the weekend, Olivia is a multiple premiership winner on the netball court with the Colbinabbin Grasshoppers in the Heathcote District Football Netball League.