Brodie Collins strode through the Eaglehawk rooms with a sense of contentment.
Collins had two medals around his neck, but only one of them really mattered to the star midfielder.
"I thought there were better blokes than me on the day, but I'll take it,'' a modest Collins said about being awarded the AFL Victoria Medal.
A BFNL premiership medal is what he's chased since crossing to the Hawks from his home club Lockington-Bamawm United at the start of the 2012 season.
"You can have the other medals.... I'm a premiership player at the Eaglehawk Football Club and I'm mighty proud of that," Collins said.
Collins played in on flag with LBU, but then missed out on three more after crossing to the Borough.
"Winning one at home is pretty special, but I was only a kid at that stage and probably didn't realise the opportunity I had.
"I missed three flags at home (LBU), but winning this today is pretty special. I'd never played in a flag with my brother (Jesse) before this.
"I'm ecstatic, but I'm not going to compare flags."
Collins said the pain of last year's grand defeat made this flag even sweeter.
"Last year I thought we were the better side, but we just didn't play the last quarter as well as we should have,'' he said.
"It's a relief that we won. We knew we were good enough and we performed the way we should have.
"To have 22 players pulling in the one direction... you don't get better than that."