For Alex and James Hickey, winning a senior GFL Premiership together for their childhood club St Joseph’s is just about as good as it gets. They became just the third set of brothers at the club to play in a Premiership.
“This is unreal, it is an unbelievable feeling. I can’t put words on it,” Alex said.
“So, so good,” was all younger brother James could add, spellbound by a maiden senior flag. It hasn’t always been a fairytale for either of the two. In his final year of Colts football, James watched from the stands as his brother claimed the 2015 Premiership, and then, despite playing 15 senior games in 2016, he was dropped for their straight sets finals exit to St Mary’s and Grovedale. On Saturday, he was an integral part of the victory as part of a resolute back six.
“Particularly this year, missing out on the finals last year getting dropped for them hurt, so this season I watched what Al was doing and doing all the extras, so I was very driven to get to this point so I’m pretty stoked to be here,” James said.
Alex, who’s season has been curtailed by a chronic turf toe injury which limited him to just six games for Joeys prior to the Grand Final, couldn’t have been prouder of his brother.
“I’m stoked for him, so proud,” Alex said. “He was unbelievable today too – he’s had a great year. To top it off, to finish it off like this with such a good win means a lot to us.”