IT’S not hard to see why Andy McKay regards a third premiership with Hepburn as one of his sweetest feelings in football.
“Hollywood”, as he is known, turned on the fireworks in another stunning big-game display, booting four goals to lead the Burras to a nine-point win over Buninyong in Saturday’s Central Highlands Football League grand final.
McKay’s heroics earned him the best on ground medal, but more importantly, he got to share the triumph with younger brothers Brad and Mitch.
The twins arrived at Hepburn from Bacchus Marsh during the pre-season and could only have dreamed of what lied ahead.
They were part of an extensive brigade of youngsters that starred for the Burras all season, with Mitch booting two goals in the grand final, including a clincher deep in the last quarter.
“The first couple (of flags in 2008 and 2010) were sweet, but this one is just something special with my brothers playing together,” Andy McKay said.
“It’s always what we’ve wanted to do – play together and win a premiership.
“Their first year over at Hepburn and we’ve won it. You can’t get any sweeter than that.”
McKay overcame injury to assert his dominance on Saturday’s clash, with last year’s Geoff Taylor Medallist sporting heavy strapping on his hamstrings throughout the day.
“I was coming into this game with sore hamstrings, and same as last game,” McKay revealed during the post-match celebrations. “I couldn’t move. With the hype of the game you just forget about injuries and that’s just what happened.”
This was McKay’s second CHFL grand final best on ground medal after booting eight goals in the 2008 win over Daylesford.