Reeves gave Bombers plenty of firepower

September 30, 2016

Grab: Jordy Foott (left) and Nath Marrone try to wrap up Bombers big man Jake Reeves.

Jake Reeves left Deakin Reserve on Sunday with three medals in hand.

The Kyabram ruckman was named the Barry Connolly player of the Goulburn Valley Football League finals series, then collected the best-on-ground AFL Victoria Medal and a premiership medallion.

“It’s great to share this experience with the boys. We all worked extremely hard to get here,” he said.

“I didn’t expect the medals. My aim was to give my best possible performance and help the team; the medals are an added bonus.

“I’ve played a long time with this group of boys and it’s a great feeling to have them by my side for this win.”

Reeves was a dominant ruckman for the Bombers, he battled for possession against Rochester’s Sam Brennan and said the grand final was one of the toughest games of the season.

“Rochester really took it up to us. We knew we were in with a contest from the last time they played us and they didn’t disappoint,” he said.

“The week off was good and gave us a chance to get our heads straight and come into this game with the right mindset.”

Reeves said the Kyabram squad was one of the best he has seen.

“I’ve never played in a team this good. 2013 was a great team but this one has a depth like never before,” he said.

“Everyone in this team is an unbelievable player. It was a shame that some of the boys missed out. It’s a tough trying to narrow down who gets to play from such a great bunch of blokes,”

Reeves said he was hopeful of making a return to the Bombers’ lineup next season.

“Provided my knees hold up I’ll be back next season,” he said.

“It’s such a great club to be a part of, I couldn’t ask for a better group to work with. It’s hard to stay away when it’s this good.”

Reeves was keen to point out the background support the team has received over the season.

“It’s going to be a big celebration with not just the boys but the entire club,” he said.

“We couldn’t have done this without all the help we get from club, the volunteers and the committee.

“We have achieved a lot on the field but recognition has to go to the club for making it all possible."

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