FORMER Warrack Eagles footballer Kyle Cheney played in VFL side Box Hill’s grand final upset win over Geelong at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The Hawks were dominant after half-time against the minor premier to run away with the match by 21 points.
Hawk Jonathan Simpkin was awarded the best on ground medal.
The Hawthorn-listed defender, 24, capped off a stellar season in the VFL with a well-earned premiership medallion.
Cheney said it was a blistering start to the match that set the tone for the afternoon.
“It was sensational to get off to such a good start and put them on the back foot early,” he said in a post-match interview.
“Big Sam Grimley up forward was taking some big clunks early.”
Cheney played 17 matches for Box Hill this season and was named in his side’s best 13 times.
It was the Hawks’ first flag since 2001, when they defeated Werribee by 37 points.
The 24-year-old’s season might not be over yet with Hawthorn into Saturday’s AFL grand final against Fremantle at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Cheney was named as one of three emergencies in the Hawks’ five-point preliminary final win over Geelong on Friday night and could be a late bolter for a recall.
He has played 14 AFL matches in the brown and gold since moving from Melbourne Demons at the end of 2010.