A FITTER and stronger Lachie Exell outmuscled every Saints defender during his side’s breakthrough grand final win at the weekend.
Exell was a worthy winner of the Greg Binns Medal for best on ground after kicking a match-winning seven majors.
Stuart Farr’s men started pre-season training in November, but that was not early enough for Exell, who got underway a month earlier.
He reaped the benefits this season.
“I really worked hard, so it’s good to be able to get some reward for effort,” he said.
The defender-turned-forward said he was enjoying his new role, but did not want to take all the credit.
“Stuey’s got me playing forward and I guess a lot of goals that I kicked today was a result of the midfield getting it down to us,” he said.
“I was just lucky enough to be the one on the end of it.”
The 23-year-old former Kalkee player had never won a senior premiership until the weekend.
He was part of the Kees’ Horsham District Football League grand final heartache in 2007 when they went down to Harrow-Balmoral by 41 points.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet but it’s definitely on top of the list of career highlights,” he said.
“We’ve worked so hard and it means so much to a lot of people around the club.
“It’s not just good that we can do it for ourselves, but also for the town of Dimboola.”