Newton’s dream finish

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JUBILATION: Milawa coach Mick Newon and assistant Luke O’Keefe celebrate as the final siren sounds.

GLENROWAN’S fairytale may have been shattered, but for Milawa coach Mick Newton Saturday’s grand final was a dream come true.

Newton coached the Demons to their last premiership, in 2009, and stepped down the following year after a heart breaking two point grand final loss to Tarrawingee.

He returned to the top job at the end of last year, and despite having the side in prime position for another flag tilt, Newton decided a couple of months back that he couldn’t commit to the role in 2014.

As it turned out, he achieved everything he could have hoped for during the 12-month stint.

“There aren’t a lot of people around who get to play in premierships, and for those who do they understand what a great feeling it is,” Newton said.

“To be a part of this team and a part of this club is amazing, and we showed today with six flags what a great club it is.

“No doubt this was the goal – I only took on the job for one reason, and that was to get us into a grand final.

“You never know what is going to happen on the day – you’re always half a chance if you’re there, and we did that.

“We came out today and played the best game we have all year, and obviously that’s it for me now – I’m happy to go out on a high.”


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