For Josh Formosa a perfect Saturday is pretty simple.
"It would be nice each Saturday to win footy with the (Strathfieldsaye) Storm in the afternoon then train a winner or two at The Meadows at night,'' Formosa said with a cheeky grin.
The first part of the equation has happened more times than not in his BFNL career with Strathfieldsaye.
If Formosa's determination and commitment is anything to go by then the second part of his dream Saturday will happen at a more regular rate in the coming years.
Formosa is following the family tradition and training greyhounds from their Heathcote base.
He combines that with his other sporting love - football - where he has quickly established himself as one of the premier midfielders in the BFNL.
"I love playing footy for Strathfieldsaye and I'm very lucky that the club is so supportive of my (greyhound) training,'' Formosa said.
The feeling is mutual because the Storm are delighted to have Formosa part of their club.
The ball magnet had an outstanding 2018 season.
In an era where midfielders are getting bigger and stronger, Formosa is a throw back to the old-fashioned rover.
He might be diminutive in size, but his footy smarts and ball-winning ability are second to none.
Time and time again in 2018 he found space and carved opponents up with his clever ball use.
In one game against South Bendigo last year a couple of older Bloods' supporters were overheard talking about "Storm's number 23 that still goes well for a little old fella".
Formosa was sporting a bald head and big beard at the time and little did the South fans know that he doesn't celebrate his 21st birthday until this May.
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"I cop it from opponents about my size all the time, but I thrive on it,'' Formosa said.
"It doesn't worry me one bit. I just go out there and get the footy."
Formosa has a similar attitude to his greyhound training.
He loves what he does and he wants to give himself every chance to forge a successful career.
His father Jason and older brother Jordan are greyhound trainers, while younger brother Jye is also part of the family business as a greyhound handler.
"Since I could walk I've had a greyhound in my hand,'' Josh said.
"I love it. I've had opportunities to do other things for work, but this is what I want to do.
"We (the family) have different styles in the way we go about things, but we all chip in and help each other.
"At times we probably clash a bit, but overall it's good to have everyone around."
It didn't take him long to make his mark as a trainer.
"My first two dogs were two giveaway dogs from Mick Carter and I had them both in at Shepparton on the one night,'' Formosa recalled.
"They both won from box eight. You should see the photo at home. I couldn't get the smile off my face. I look like an idiot, but it was a great night."
Formosa's day starts at 6am with walking dogs. He gives some of them a swim before working them down their track.
"Pretty much everyday we have dogs racing somewhere in the state,'' he said.
"That's what makes it handy to have so many people around."
Last Wednesday was a perfect example of how the Formosa team works.
Josh had greyhounds entered at The Meadows in Melbourne and at Warrnambool.
Josh sent younger brother Jye to The Meadows for the afternoon meeting with Lochinvar Deus, while he made the four-hour trip from Heathcote to Warrnambool with a plethora of team Formosa greyhounds for the twilight meeting.
Lochinvar Deus did the right thing at The Meadows and saluted at juicy odds of $10.
The best Josh could do at Warrnambool was a fourth placing, but older brother Jordan won with Winlock Squints in the final event.
"I got home at about 11.30pm. It was a long day, but the travel is all part of it,'' Josh said.
"I was up early again this morning to work the dogs, I've got footy training tonight and then I'm off to Geelong for the races tomorrow (Friday)."
It's all part of Josh's grand plan.
At the moment he only has a small team of greyhounds under his name, but he's keen to increase the size of his kennel.
"I'd love to go all-in and have a real crack at it. I want to be a top trainer one day,'' he said.
"You want to be winning races in Melbourne. Sandown races are Thursday night and The Meadows are on Saturday night, so it makes it hard with footy training and games.
"That's where Dad and my brothers come in and give me a hand.
"Sometimes the footy club says have the Thursday night off training, which is a big help as well."
He's hoping a recent addition to his team - Soda Flash - can help build his profile, starting at this week's big Bendigo Gold Rush carnival at Lord's Raceway.
He plans to run the dog in the Stayers Cup over the Easter weekend.
"We paid a bit of money for him, so hopefully we can target some of the bigger races with him,'' Formosa said.
"I gave him a look at the track (in a trial) and he went super. It should be a nice race for him if he can draw well."
This weekend Formosa's mind is on one thing - helping Strathfieldsaye make a perfect start to the BFNL season.
The Storm host arch-rival Eaglehawk at Tannery Lane - the team which knocked the club off in last year's grand final.
"We haven't picked up many players, but we have a lot of young kids coming through that are really talented,'' Formosa said.
"We've had a good pre-season, everything is starting to click and we look pretty good.
"Eaglehawk is obviously a really good team, so it should be a ripper game to start the season."
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