The Ried name is held in high regard at Bullioh and there’s no place co-coach Clint Ried would rather be.
Saturday’s hard-fought 28-point victory against Federal in the Upper Murray grand final marked five senior premierships as a player for Ried and his first as coach.
The veteran is yet to decide whether that will be his last game for the club, but coaching is something he remains passionate about.
Bullioh suffered a a 10-goal defeat at the hands of Corryong in last year’s decider, which inspired Ried to take the group to another level in 2018.
Sharing the coaching role with star midfielder Hamish Clark, the Bulldogs produced the perfect season, remaining undefeated throughout to break a seven-year premiership drought at senior level.
It was built off the back of hard work and an unrivaled willingness to work for each other.
Ried couldn’t be more proud of what the entire club achieved this season.
Bullioh prdouced a clean sweep of the football premierships, winning the seniors and under 13s, as well as the C-grade and under 15s netball.
“I've been a part of the club for a long time and it's amazing actually,” Ried said.
“It's amazing not just for me, but the people involved in the club who do all the hard work.
“That's the part that pleases me the most, it's for them as much as it is for the players.
“The players deserved it, they were the best team all year and deserved to win it.
“These boys mean a lot to me, they're a super bunch of blokes.
“If we can get a young coach next year to take it on, I'd do my best to help them out.”
Clark was named best on ground in the grand final and was over the moon to win his first senior premiership.
“I think Brandyn (Phillips) is a bit stiff after kicking seven goals, but I'll take it I guess,” Clark said.
“The club is unreal, it's the best club I've played for.
“There's a really good feeling around the club.
“We all stuck together after last year, we had roughly the same team and picked up a few new ones.
“We worked a lot harder this year and didn't take our foot off halfway through the season like we did (last year).
“We didn't mention it at all (the 2017 grand final), we knew we were in a better position than last year.
“We're a lot fitter than most the other teams, so we knew if we were in there at three quarter time, we'd have a pretty good chance in the last quarter.”
Phillips admitted he dislocated his right knee in the second quarter, but pushed on to finish with seven quarter goals.
“I didn't care who kicked the goals, as long as we got the win,” Phillips said.
“We've been playing all year for it and playing good footy.
“Last year when we had the week off we didn't train, but this time we stuck together as a team, gelled together and went and trained every Saturday, which is what I think got us there in the end.”
It was also Phillips’ first premiership at Bullioh, but he admitted he is likely to retire as a result of his ongoing knee issues.
The football results were: Seniors; Bullioh 12.18 (90) def Federal 9.8 (62), reserves; Bullioh 10.7 (67) def Cudgewa 2.3 (15), under 13s; 8.6 (54) def Federal 2.1 (13).
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