BACK-to-back premierships are good but Jerilderie wants to go even better after a rousing Picola league victory over Strathmerton at Deniliquin on Saturday.
While the club will no doubt take time out to enjoy its moment, coach Josh Bode already has half an eye on the future.
“I said to the boys after the game that two in a row is good but three in a row would be a hell of a lot better,” he said.
Buoyed by a premiership, anything seems possible.
But as favourites all year and delivering on their credentials it shouldn’t be beyond Jerilderie to be a force again.
Tellingly, power forward Aaron Purcell, with more than 200 goals to his name this season, only came away with one major — not the script everyone was expecting.
“If you’d told me before the game that Azza would kick one goal I’d say we would lose,” Bode said.
“But the other blokes stepped up and we had a good game.”
With the minor premiers taking on second place, it was always going to be tight.
Jerilderie only hit the lead shortly before three-quarter-time and Strathmerton certainly had its chances, kicking a couple in the final term.
But with a touch of inspiration through Nick Keating, Bode was full of praise for his side’s gutsy effort.
“Nick was best on ground by a mile,” Bode said.
“He played on the ball, he was tough, ran hard all day, did everything — he was everywhere, just brilliant.”
The Bulldogs’ Luke Carter caused plenty of problems through the middle of the ground, while James Daniel found plenty of space for himself on the wing.
“Daniel got by himself a lot of the time and in the end I had to put a bloke on him for the last quarter,” Bode said.
“That was Joe Barlow and he did a good job.
“Keating was inspirational all day, Chris Marshall (two goals) was brilliant at every contest, and when the game was there to be won Andrew May (two goals) stood right up and all of a sudden we were out four or five goals.”
With 10 players from last year’s premiership side, Jerilderie had plenty of experience to overcome the pressure.
Bode said he was hopeful most would play on to try again next year.
“I think we should get most to stay,” he said.
“Lauchlan Taylor-Nugent was talking about having a crack at O&M which would be great — he would play that standard really well.”
Tom Bryce booted four for Jerilderie, matched by Strathmerton’s Adrian Crestani, while Marcus Cleary was best on ground for the Bulldogs.