Savoys’ cup final triumph a career highlight for co-coach Jayden Vescio

An emotional Jayden Vescio was overcome with joy after Sunday’s AWFA cup final.

The Myrtleford co-coach rated his side’s 2-0 victory against Cobram Roar to claim the league and cup double as the greatest moment of his career.

“I’ve lost four cup finals and last year I did my ACL and didn’t actually know if I’d make it, but I got myself right,” Vescio said.

“Last year coaching the boys I had feelings I couldn’t describe, but this is something else.

“I’ll remember this year for a very long time.

“We’re the same team as last year, we’ve just got a group of lads that would do anything for you.

“Cobram were big, but our young kids, I’m probably singling out Vinnie Paglia, took it to one of the best in the league in Bill Puckett.”

Vescio admitted the time has come for Myrtleford’s playing group to get the recognition it deserves.

“Will Dennis won the league best and fairest and missed games during the season,” he said.

“He’s all about the team, it’s way bigger than the individual.

Last year coaching the boys I had feelings I couldn’t describe, but this is something else. I’ll remember this year for a very long time.

Jayden Vescio

“Matt Park didn’t win the Golden Boot and Star Player for no reason last year.

“People forget he did the double last year, but as we saw today, he’s a pretty special player.

“Nathan Mirt did an ankle early and said to me he wasn’t going off, but that’s the commitment we’ve got from these boys.

“We don’t have any passengers, we just kept going and we got the ultimate prize.”

Vescio also paid tribute to Savoys’ veteran Brenton Cook who was unable to contest the final with a knee injury, but has been instrumental at the club for so many years.

“Cooky was massive for us this year, he’s the best defender in the league, but he’s not getting younger,” Vescio said.

“Last year the boys put a bit of an emphasis on getting it done for myself and Matt (Park, co-coach), but this year’s pre-game we drove off Brenton.

“There was no way we leaving today without getting another cup win for him.

“To get some reward and win them is unbelievable, I can’t explain it.

“It’s great for the town, we come from 4000 people and to keep performing like we do is great.”

Myrtleford became the first team since Wodonga Diamonds in 2013 to win the AWFA senior men’s league and cup double.