After an unbelievably tumultuous month, Kayne Pettifer can bask in the glory of back-to-back premierships.
‘‘It’s been pretty tough, it’s been three absolute tragedies so to have my family, the support from my wife, my Mum, my brother Drew and Abby and Sara my sisters and close mates, but most of all this footy club,’’ he said.
‘‘It has just stuck by me, supported me through tough times and we can reaps the rewards now and enjoy the next few days.
‘‘I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all of the support over the last month, obviously I’ve had a tough trot with family and that, so thank you.’’
The Bombers became the only team in Goulburn Valley League history to record consecutive unbeaten seasons and Pettifer was happy to be involved in such a successful outfit.
‘‘We had a goal obviously at the start of the year to keep doing what we’d been doing, obviously last year was a phenomenal effort to go through undefeated, but to win this against Shepparton on their home deck was just brilliant,’’ he said.
‘‘Words can’t describe back-to-back, I obviously didn’t have a very successful career prior to coming here, so I’m just absolutely loving it at (age) 35.
‘‘Obviously I went to Yarrawonga for three years and played there and that was an unbelievable club, but to come back home with all of my mates I went to school with, my family and everyone and I just love this club, and to go back-to-back we’ll have a connection forever.
‘‘There’s a lot of man love in this group and I reckon there’s going to be a lot of hugs and kisses in the next few days.’’
Perhaps the biggest case of man love though will be between Pettifer and coach Paul Newman.
‘‘He thinks he’s the next Floyd Mayweather, so he’s an unbelievable coach, but even a better guy,’’ Pettifer said.
‘‘Everyone thinks me and him have got a bit of a man crush on each other and we’ll keep that going for the next few days and into next year.’’