THEY started the season with just five players but the Alpine Eagles rose to premiers in the Ovens and King thirds competition on Saturday.
The Eagles engaged in a hard slog with the Londrigan Bulls, breaking away in the final quarter to take home the 11.10 (76) to 7.10 (52) win.
Coach David Kelly said he was thrilled with how far the group had come this year.
“The story goes, and this all probably started round eight last year when I was president of the footy club and where, unfortunately, the coach in place at the time didn’t have the group that he needed,” Kelly said.
“There was a bit of interest lost and it all went pear-shaped about round eight and we had to forfeit the season so I decided that I would step down as president and come and coach the thirds.
“I haven’t got any relatives involved but I knew the kids and I knew they were a great group so I started off with a core of about five – the Jamo (Jamieson) twins and a couple of the older boys – and tried to build from there.