This week, Temora.
Next month, New York and Dublin.
Hawthorn’s Luke Breust is living the dream right now.
Selection in Australia’s International Rules squad will see Breust celebrate his 25th birthday overseas just a month after winning a third AFL premiership.
“To put my hand up again and make the team to go overseas, it’s just unbelievable,” Breust said.
Breust played in Australia’s win over Ireland in Perth last year, but this year’s tour includes a practice game in the Big Apple to prepare for the game at Dublin’s Croke Park.
Until then, Breust is at home, although hardly putting his feet up.
“I’ve been working in the shearing shed the last couple of days – that quickly brings you back down to earth, doing some rouseabouting!”
His achievements were recognised locally with a mayoral reception with Rick Firman on Friday night.
“Rick’s always on the front foot recognising achievements so it’s a good community over here and everyone gets around each other and sticks together.”
Making the drive home from Melbourne alone this week gave the small forward a chance to reflect on his part in a football dynasty.
“As a kid you think, if I could debut in the AFL it’d be amazing, and this year I played my 100th game, and now to have three premierships, you do pinch yourself,” he said.
“But it’s probably not for 10 or 15 years that you recognise what it means.”
The grand final win over West Coast was completed with conviction but the finals campaign was a test of resolve for the Hawks – and Breust – after losing the first final to the Eagles in Perth.
“I guess I’m in the side to kick goals so to go goalless for three games, and miss the last game of the season, the pressure was mounting a little bit,” he said.
“To respond in that (semi) final against the Crows (with six goals), that was good.”
It put their premiership campaign back on track and the hat-trick was completed a fortnight later.
The departure of fellow Riverina product, Matt Suckling, means the 2015 flag is particular poignant.
“He’s been an integral member of the side the last couple of years… for him to come on and kick a goal straight away, it was great.
“It’s a special group of guys... everyone cared for each other and wanted to win so much.”
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