How this Mackay man's lifelong dream came true
THERE isn't much that beats the feeling of winning a grand final - except of course beating your long-time rival in said grand final and being named player of the match.
Brothers Hockey star Luke Armstrong is experiencing the trifecta after helping his team take down Norths 3-2 in the Mackay Hockey Association A1 Men Grand Final on Saturday night before being named as the best player on the field for the encounter.
The 19-year-old said for as long as he can remember, beating Norths to the elusive top gong had been his ultimate goal.
"Norths are always the number one rival; everyone wants to beat Norths,” Armstrong said.
"They have been pretty dominant over the past few years so it was good to get one up on them.
"It was awesome to finally beat them. It was a relief and one of the best feelings.
"I have been playing for Brothers all my life and in the A-grade side for about the last four years. I have been in a few grand finals but have never won any until now; they have always been against Norths.”
Scoring two goals in the grand final, Armstrong topped off a superb season which featured player stats of 14 goals from 18 games - the highest amount of goals scored out of all of the A1 men.
Despite his stand-out performance, Armstrong remained humble post- match and credited the win to a great team effort.
"Everyone did what they had to do and played their roles the best they could. Everything worked out for us,” he said.
"We put a lot of hard work into this season. It has been fairly back and forth between Brothers and Norths this year and the grand final was a really good game.”
Armstrong also praised the A1 Women for their performance, with the Brothers outfit securing their third grand final win in a row after taking down Arsenals 3-0. Brothers player Aleesha Spyve was named player for the final.
With wins in the A-grade men's and women's finals, Armstrong said the entire club had spent much of the weekend partying hard.
"We partied all night on Saturday and all day Sunday,” he said.
"I'll probably celebrate for the rest of the week; I took the week off work. All of the old boys are really happy and everyone in the club is partying on.”