Hard work gets rewarded

September 25, 2017

Two's better than one: Kyle Winter-Irving is the toast of Nagambie after winning the AFL Victoria best-on-ground medal for a sensational performance up forward.

The Winter-Irving name is synonymous at Nagambie.

It went to another level on Saturday as Kyle Winter-Irving starred in the Lakers’ forward half to help the club to back-to-back premierships.

He only finished with two goals, but his work-rate was exceptional across half-forward with his strong marking and ability to find targets inside 50 simply outstanding.

Winter-Irving played in last year’s flag with brother Hamish, but this time it was Zac’s turn.

‘‘I played in one with my second oldest brother last year and then one with my youngest brother this year, so it’s just great and it’s something I’ll remember forever,’’ Kyle Winter-Irving said.

Winter-Irving had a season in the Goulburn Valley League with Seymour in 2015 before switching to the Lakers last year.

The move has paid dividends with two flags in as many years.

Winter-Irving said the team had amazing belief in its ranks to rise to the challenge in the biggest game of the year.

‘‘There’s been a lot of hard work put in by everyone over the last two years, so to get the reward now is brilliant,’’ Winter-Irving said.

‘‘A lot of these blokes have been here before and what it’s all about come grand final day.

‘‘Training during the week they told us what to expect and you know what to expect in a grand final, but it does go up another level.

‘‘We knew it’d be hot out there, but we didn’t know it’d be 30°C. We got the fluids into us from Thursday and at the end of the day, hard work wins it and that’s what it’s about.’’

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