EAST Point has been a Ballarat Football League bridesmaid for too long.
Six finals appearances in the past seven years, but no premierships to show for it.
But all that could be about to change if coach and goal-kicking machine Dan Jordan has anything to say about it.
In a year in which Jordan has set the BFL world alight and left opposition full backs quaking in their boots, the league’s leading goal kicker is embarking on a mission to create history and win East Point’s first ever premiership.
Gone are the memories of when the Kangaroos finished on top of the ladder in 2006 before losing to Redan in the grand final, only to again claim the minor premiership the following year and bow out of the finals race in straight sets.
In 2008 the Roos made a preliminary final, before again falling just one step short in the big dance in 2009, again to Redan.
Those finals shortcomings, Jordan says, are distant memories for the team.
In fact, they are barely even that – the vast majority of the players were not even playing then. Just four years since the 2009 grand final defeat, it is likely that only five players from that team will run out this weekend: Jordan, Sam Kitchin, Sam Cooper, Jason Delaney and Chris Banwell.
But the desire for that elusive flag still burns for Jordan, who played a major role in pulling the club into the finals.
In his first year on the scene in 2006 he kicked 148 goals in total for the year. In 2007 he booted 112. Just how was this man recruited from East Fremantle?
It was not long before the man known as DJ became a household name in the BFL.
In 2008 and 2009 he fell just short of the century again, kicking 96 and 97 respectively.
A couple of injury-plagued years soon followed and people began to wonder if Jordan’s best years were behind him.
In 2010 East Point snuck into the finals but exited straight away, then in 2011 they did not even qualify. It is of no surprise the spearhead kicked just 34 goals that year.
But now in 2013, Jordan is back to the height of his powers and unsurprisingly, the Roos are in with a genuine premiership chance.
He knows it is a cliche, but Jordan says he is taking not just his season, but even his career, one game at a time.
“This year I just wanted to get out on the park and string a few games together, I didn’t really have any goals,” he said.
“I could come out on Sunday and blow my knee and not play another game, there’s no point looking too far ahead.”
If Jordan was to gaze into the future, he would learn he is within striking distance of becoming the BFL’s greatest ever goal kicker.
With 734 goals currently under his belt over the space of just 125 games – an astounding average of 5.87 goals per game – the powerhouse forward is fast approaching the record held by Daylesford legend Jim Gull, who kicked 889 BFL goals in the 1950s and 1960s.
Just 155 goals separates the two. It is unlikely, but still conceivable given his current form, that Jordan will claim the record next year.
Not that it is playing on his mind at all.
In fact, when asked, Jordan guessed he had only kicked about 600 goals.
“If you look back at the end of your career it is probably something you would look back on and think it is pretty special,” he said. “My focus right now is on the team and doing my bit for the team, and if I get on the end of a few that’s a bonus.”
For now, Jordan’s attention is fixed solely on Darley on Sunday.
The Roos have beaten the Devils in their two clashes this year.
If they can make it three from three, it will be one step towards shaking the bridesmaid tag.