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Just don’t stop believin’

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September 18, 2017

Stars align as floodgate opens: Rennie captain Jarryd Fountain and president Andrew Starr lift aloft the senior premiership cup after Saturday's 13-point victory.

Believe.

It is a seven letter word that if used as motivation anything can happen.

And heading into Saturday’s grand final Rennie playing coach Craig Ednie urged his side to believe it could achieve the ultimate glory, even considering where the club had come from.

Not only did the Grasshoppers snap a 42-game losing streak at the beginning of this season, but they also had to make the grand final from third position, which they did after knocking off defending premier Shepparton East twice in finals.

However, months of hard work, determination and an unwavering desire to win made a dream become a reality when Ednie watched club captain Jarryd Fountain and president Andrew Starr lift aloft the Picola District Football League south-east premiership cup for the first time since 2011.

‘‘It is an amazing story considering where we have come from. It is a dream really, you probably could not have written a better script,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘I had an idea and a belief for what I wanted to achieve, a lot of people probably thought I was silly, but here we are, it has been an amazing ride and we can live to tell the story.’’

Reflecting on the outcome in his first season in charge, Ednie believed it was not only a huge achievement for his teammates, but also for those guys who had put countless hours in during the tough times.

‘‘It means so much to those guys behind the scenes that don’t get the credit they deserve,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘These people here have been battling for four years, it is a great club and it is just good to see a smile on all the older guys’ faces.’’

Chase Strawhorn, who booted 69 goals for the season, kicked six of the Grasshoppers’ 11 goals and Ednie praised his premierships teammate’s heroics on the big stage.

‘‘Everyone always says that Strawny never really steps up in the big games, but he did today and he kicked six on grand final day,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘He was amazing today (Saturday), so too was big Steve McKee.’’

Before Saturday, the two sides had faced each other three times for the year with the Bears leading 2-1, but Ednie knew his boys had it in them, only if they thought so.

‘‘The key message was to believe,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘We knew we could do it because we have done it before, but we also knew that Tungamah were a good side. I am just happy we got the result in the end.’’

Ednie is locked in for another year at the Grasshoppers, but before he looked that far ahead he just wanted to enjoy this sweet moment with his new premiership teammates.

‘‘I don’t know about back-to-back, I haven’t even started thinking about pre-season, I am spent at the moment, but we will see how things work out,” Ednie said.

‘‘I am just going to enjoy this first, it’ll take a couple of days to settle in, but we’ll make the most of it.’’

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