BRENDAN Fevola is good.
How good? Very, very good.
Just ask his daughter, Leni, who was in the crowd yesterday among the sea of blue and white, cheering Yarrawonga on to its back-to-back premierships.
Leni said she’d been training him hard and, though she’s probably a tough coach, she would have to be have been happy with Fev’s four.
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But for every blue and white flag there was another black and gold, perfect conditions bringing out the crowds.
There for the hand over of the premiership cup was Jack Ziebell, Justin Koschitzke and Daniel Cross.
Tipped as a future captain of North Melbourne by coach Brad Scott, who was in Albury last week, the former Wodonga Bulldog was enjoying time back home.
“It’s brilliant, especially when the day’s like this,” Ziebell said.
“It would have been better if Wodonga was playing because I’m a Bulldog at heart, but they didn’t get the chocolates this year.”
Ziebell tipped a big game for the big man himself.
“It’s brilliant that blokes like Fevola come out to country footy,” he said.
“And show their talents to people who don’t necessarily get to see them as much as people in the cities.
“But he’s a big-game player and he’s going to lap it up.”
Ziebell said it had been a tough year for the Kangaroos, who missed out on the AFL finals.
“But we’ve come forward as a group, we’re improving and moving forward I think it’s really important that we’ve got a young group of guys sticking together,” he said.
“It’s really exciting to see what the future will hold.
“Scott has been brilliant since he’s come on board — he’s brought that hard edge, and he’s brought exactly what he wants to do.
“We want to play in finals, it’s frustrating on days like today — I’d love to be playing out there myself.”
And who wouldn’t?
X-Factor contestant Andrew Wishart kicked things off by not doing a Meatloaf, which is always a good start.
The crowd was in full voice and it was heartening to see the O and M Jets at half-time cheering loudly for every kick, tackle, near miss and goal.
Yes, it was a day that football took centre stage.
But at the heart of it the community had come together, young and old.