Horsham's Adam Goodes underlined himself as one of the Wimmera's best footballers with a herculean performance in Saturday's 10-point grand final win over Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Goodes looked down and out after he suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the second quarter.
But, in true Goodes style, he came back on soon after and was one of Sydney's best in the victory.
The Sydney Swans co-captain added a second premiership medal to an already remarkable resume, which includes two Brownlow Medals and multiple All-Australian selections.
Goodes told AFL.com.au that he played on without painkillers.
"No needles mate. What it did was just even up my good knee with how bad my right one is," he said. "Put a bit of strapping on it, get back out there.
"I just wanted to do something for the team and I was able to do that and kick a goal I was just pumped."
The 319-game veteran gathered 14 touches, laid six tackles and kicked a vital goal in the final quarter. Goodes fell to his knees and looked towards the sky when the final siren sounded.
"Two premierships mate if I don't get another kick in my career, I'd still be so pumped," he said.
It was a see-sawing contest in front of 99,683 spectators, with neither side giving in until the final siren. Hawthorn took a 19-point advantage into quarter-time, but the Swans stormed back with a six-goal-to-none second term.
The third quarter belonged to Hawthorn, getting back within one point by the final change.
Alastair Clarkson's men led by as much as two goals early in the final quarter, but the Bloods fought back gallantly.
Minyip's Clinton Young played well in the Hawks' narrow loss, finishing with 19 disposals.