Premiership captain Tom Sheldon celebrates GVL grand final win

By Alex Mitchell

While he seemed perplexed to be raising the Tom Hastie Cup, Tom Sheldon's name is going down in the history books as a Goulburn Valley League premiership captain.

Leading the side in the absence of club co-captains Jason Morgan and Brad Edwards, the reluctant skipper seemed almost embarrassed to add his name to a list of competition greats.

But no-one can take that away from Sheldon and he put in a performance worthy of it; leading brilliantly, defending for his life and roosting the Sherrin with his weaponry left boot.

Contrasting with the shattered emotions of a year ago, Sheldon struggled to find the words for what his team had achieved.

“You can't even compare it, I reckon we spent the month after we lost last year just feeling like it was a bad dream,” he said.

“Then this, it's just polar opposites.

“(The game) was solid, we probably shut up shop a bit early in the last quarter and went defensive, but we had a good lead and kicking with the breeze, so we probably did it pretty well in the end.”

Playing with brother Jack and cousin Sam, Sheldon said there was nothing he would rather do than go to battle with his talented teammates - with ''mates'' being the operative word.

“You can't even describe it,” he said.

“The club welcomed us in seven or eight years ago and they've just been wonderful. So to be able to repay them and all the supporters is just unreal.

“You're literally just all best mates, I know a lot of clubs say that, but we've been best mates for eight years now.

“Probably 90 per cent are Ky boys originally with a few ring-ins like us Echuca boys that have been there for a fair while now. It's very much a home-grown club.”