Although Deloraine coach Lochy Dornauf snapped his run of grand final losses, he knows Saturday's win means more to the Deloraine community.
The 38-point victory saw the reigning Hec Smith Medallist win his first grand final in 12 attempts but he couldn't have been happier for his hometown.
"Not often am I lost for words but it's just a culmination of a whole community coming behind a small footy club that hasn't had a lot of success over a long period of time," he said.
"Just to see all the past players, supporters and volunteers get rewarded for effort after a very long year just means the world to me."
Already emotional scenes were added to by the on-field appearance of local legend Terry Roles, a former award-winning horse trainer who is battling motor neurone disease.
"You don't know what borrowed time you have and we don't know how long Terry will be around but just the motivation to do something for him that absolutely will make me cry.
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"To have him be a part of our group and cement something that we will remember forever is just ... I'm speechless."
The victory saw the Kangaroos flip the switch on the round six clash between the pair, in which Rocherlea won by 20 points.
According to Dornauf, who said the celebrations would continue well into night, the Kangaroos got the game on their terms.
"Last time we played them we got bullied, we got pushed around.
"This time all of our young players stood up and last year when they would've hit the front, we would have just rolled over but this year we've just gained that little bit of resistance and really found ourselves moving forward.
"I'm looking for this to be not just this year but we want to make this year after year after year to be the most competitive team in this league and start a dynasty."