Josh Vick bows out of football as a two-time premiership captain at Kyabram.
Yesterday’s grand final was Vick’s last game as he retired on a high to help the Bombers secure an incredible back-to-back undefeated flag.
Vick missed Kyabram’s drought-breaking premiership in 2013 after living in Western Australia, but he has more than made up for it these past two years.
He endured the heartbreak of playing in losing grand finals in 2009 and 2010.
Vick took his trademark spot at full-back and completely shut Bears forward John Bradaric out of the game after he had kicked 12 goals in the previous two finals.
‘‘I was stoked with the first one last year, but to get one that as well with all that added pressure coming in with 41 undefeated was massive,’’ Vick said.
‘‘We tried to play it down a bit, but that streak is always in the back of your mind a bit and the boys responded in such great fashion.
‘‘We’ve been through some hard times before winning one, so to get two now is unbelievable.
‘‘I’m all done now, I’ve had enough, even though the body is feeling good, but I’m going out on a high and will really enjoy it.’’
Vick put Kyabram’s incredible success down to team camaraderie.
‘‘There’s just a really good bunch of blokes here and we hang out together, even outside of footy as well,’’ Vick said.
‘‘We’ve all pretty much grown up together in Ky, so we’re all local boys apart from a couple of exceptions, but they’ve been with the club so long we’ve made them honorary members.’’
Yesterday capped off an another incredible week for Vick and his wife Steph, as her Kyabram netball team claimed another premiership.
The Bombers’ A-grade team matched the football side in not losing a game during the season on the way to back-to-back flags.
Steph finished the week with three medals after winning the Wellman Family Medal for a second straight year last Monday and then completed the double with the best-on-court medal in the grand final.