HOLBROOK mentor Jarrod Twitt must have felt like the unluckiest coach in the world on Saturday.
Shattered with losing his second grand final in three years, the footy gods certainly conspired against Twitt this season.
Holbrook lost its best forward early in the year when Michael Lamb went down with a season-ending knee injury.
The Brookers also went into the decider without their best defender in Dylan Fairall who suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s preliminary final.
But the most savage blow for Twitt was watching star midfielder Brett Doswell limp off the ground with a match-ending calf injury after the first bounce.
“It was deflating to lose your best player in the first minute of a grand final,” Twitt said.
“But I felt the guys really re-grouped and battled hard.
“We had our opportunities and I’m more worried about the disappointment for Brett as opposed to the rest of the group.
“He had a slow start to the season coming to a new club but showed a lot of character to get himself back in form.
“He played some brilliant footy in the second-half of the year.
“He produced a couple of massive performances in the finals to get us in this position.
“I’m just disappointed for him that he didn’t get the opportunity to play today.”
Despite the setbacks, Twitt wasn’t interested in making excuses and said the Saints thoroughly deserved their success.
“It’s obviously disappointing to lose a grand final but you have to be realistic,” he said.
“I thought the opposition were fantastic in those key moments in the last quarter.
“They won the clearances and their forwards stood-up and converted.
“But we have got a strong group and a strong club.
“I couldn’t be prouder of how the boys have driven the culture of our club and got it to where it is now.”
Twitt also made special mention of the contribution of Brad Thompson who kicked five goals and is set to retire after making the weekly trek from Melbourne during the season.
“We lived together and we needed a bigger body and asked if he was interested in helping me out.
“It’s been invaluable and I’m proud of him to see him kick five goals in a grand final.”