BRENDAN Fevola says back-to-back premierships makes this group of Pigeons the greatest in the club’s history.
Yarrawonga, which joined the Ovens and Murray in 1929, had never won successive senior premierships.
“I said before the game that if we won and went back-to-back we’d be the greatest team to ever play for Yarrawonga,” Fevola said.
“I said that before we ran out and it got the boys pretty pumped.
“And you know what? We went back-to-back.”
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The former AFL star’s love affair with the small country town deepened yesterday.
Fevola, who was flanked by wife Alex and family after the game, said playing for Yarrawonga was the best decision he had made in his career.
Fevola’s best mate, Richmond star Chris Newman, was also in the Pigeons’ rooms following the convincing victory.
“I absolutely love Yarrawonga,” Fevola said.
“I love the people, I love the town and I love the players.
“It’s such a beautiful town. I said to the boys before the game that this wasn’t about us, it’s about the town.
“Look how many people came to support us.”
The dual Coleman medallist was left sporting a nasty gash above his left eye after a scuffle in the third quarter boiled over.
Fevola copped plenty of stick from the crowd but said it was part and parcel of the game.
“It’s a bit of fun, the crowd loved it,” Fevola said.
“As long as nobody gets hurt or sent off, who cares? It’s hard and it’s tough, country footy. You can’t be soft playing country footy, I don’t care what anyone says.”