DYLAN Willsher had an important job just moments after Dennington won its way into the grand final.
After singing the team song and putting ice on a sore groin, Willsher headed to his bag to find his phone.
"I was supposed to fly to Mackay next weekend to race at the speedway up there but I will have to ring them up and tell them that's gone out the door now," Willsher said.
Willsher races formula 500s but on Saturday it was his own big engine that allowed him to cover plenty of ground and help his team to a preliminary final victory.
Willsher was an important player for the Dogs on the wing and was particularly prominent in the last quarter with his strong running coming to the fore.
At just 58kg, Willsher would have won the prize for the lightest man on the ground but his slight statue did not stop him having an influence on what was a tough, physical contest.
The 21-year-old has been at Dennington for three years , playing seniors regularly in 2011 before a trip to the United States to further his racing career at the start of 2012 restricted him to reserves football on his return last season.
His speedway racing also restricted him in pre-season this year but after four games in the reserves he won his place in the senior team and has been a consistent performer ever since.
On preliminary final day last year Willsher was having a beer on the hill watching the Dogs suffer a heartbreaking two-point loss to Panmure.
"It was pretty tough watching that game," Willsher said.
"I knew I was capable of playing seniors but I hadn't given myself the best chance to be out there and helping the boys.
"It is great now to know that I can be part of it this year. I can't wait for the grand final to come around."
When asked if he would suffer an attack of grand final nerves, Willsher said he was confident he would remain cool.
"Driving formula 500s involves a fair bit of pressure so playing footy doesn't really get me nervous," he said.
"It is more about being excited to get the chance to play."