EAGLEHAWK’S Cam McGlashan is a Borough Boy through and through.
He lives a couple of hundred metres from Canterbury Park and plays both cricket and football for the Hawks.
2017 has already been a memorable year for McGlashan, who played in Eaglehawk’s Bendigo District Cricket Association first XI flag on the QEO in March.
On Saturday McGlashan will be back on the QEO in a grand final when he lines up for the Hawks in the Bendigo Football-Netball League senior decider against Strathfieldsaye.
“I’m just grateful to have the opportunity play in two grand finals in the same year,” McGlashan said on Wednesday.
“Some people go through their whole careers without playing in a grand final, so I’m really lucky with the opportunities I’ve had this year.
“Eaglehawk is my home club and it would mean everything to me to play in a win on Saturday.”
McGlashan, 22, goes about his football and cricket in the same manner – he plays his role with no fuss.
The all-rounder played an integral part in the Hawks defeating Bendigo United in the BDCA grand final earlier this year.
He made a gritty 26 off 136 balls batting at No.4 in the Hawks’ successful run-chase, while with the ball he gave little away in finishing with 0-14 off 12 overs.
On the football field this year McGlashan has provided the Hawks with plenty of versatility across half-forward, in the ruck and up on the wing.
“I’m obviously no superstar, so I just like to go out and play my role for the team in both footy and cricket,” McGlashan said.
McGlashan recalls as a 12-year-old being at the QEO on grand final day in 2007 when the Hawks ended a 25-year BFNL premiership drought and how that day fueled his desire to also play in a senior football flag with the Borough.
A decade on he gets his chance.
“I remember watching the boys win it in 2007 and it has been a dream of mine since then to win one with the footy club as well,” McGlashan said.
“That’s what you play sport for… to win premierships with your mates.”
While Eaglehawk has the chance to do so on Saturday, the last location to complete the BDCA first XI and BFNL senior football premiership double in the same year was Golden Square in 2009.
As well as the senior football, Eaglehawk also has its reserves and B grade netball teams in grand finals.