CRAIG and Luke Ednie would have been forgiven for thinking it would never happen.
After missing out in 2012 — Luke was best on ground in the reserves — the younger Ednie joined his older brother and father Russell as a senior premiership player at Yarrawonga on Sunday.
Craig, who is now a three-time premiership player, said he wouldn’t be forgetting that fact in a hurry.
“It’s a pretty special moment,” Craig, 31, said yesterday.
“And as good as it is for me, it probably means even more to the family.
“We had a heap of them there.
“It’s something they’re pretty happy about.”
Luke, who turned 22 yesterday, was the first to admit he never really thought it would happen.
“I couldn’t feel any better,” he said.
“I remember always watching Craig as the little brother winning things but I never really imagined I’d do it with him.
“It’s something that’s really hard to describe.
“Family is such a big thing at our club.”
Not only did Luke finally live his senior premiership dream, two members of their extended family did, as well.
Pigeons’ utility Luke Hammond married into the family, while ruckman Steve McKee is a cousin of the Ednies.
They both won their first Ovens and Murray flag on Sunday.
“I’ve been lucky enough to win a couple now but I really wanted to win it for those guys,” Craig said.
“Not just them, but the town.
“The players are the ones who often get the pats on the back and the accolades but this means so much to the town and a lot of people work really hard to make it happen.”
Craig and Luke also managed to sneak nephews Jett and Cruz into the premiership shot, a picture the family will no doubt keep forever.
“Fev and Petts think they’re in the family, too,” Craig said.
“They were jumping in all the family photos with Nan and that.
“Fev calls her Nan, too.”