Jack Ginnivan and Beau McCreery led Collingwood’s celebrations as the Pies began their premiership party following Saturday’s grand final victory over Brisbane.
Craig McRae’s side ended their 13-year wait for a flag with a dramatic victory in front of 100,024 fans at a sun-drenched MCG, despite benefiting from a questionable referee’s call moments later before the final siren.
McRae has plenty of reasons to celebrate after landing his first premiership, with his wife, Gabrielle, giving birth to a baby girl, Maggie, on the morning of the grand final.
And its stars joined in the celebrations with scenes of jubilation taking place on the hallowed grounds of the MCG, in the dressing rooms and at Melbourne Park.
Despite Collingwood winning by a slim margin of four points, young star Ginnivan posted a selfie with his winner’s medal with the caption: “Light work”.
Jack Ginnivan celebrated Collingwood’s big final victory by posting ‘light work’
The Pies celebrate their dramatic four-point win over Brisbane at the MCG
Isaac Quaynor posted a selfie with his Collingwood teammates on the hallowed ground at the MCG
Ginnivan, who reportedly attended the horse races on the eve of the grand finale, was in an upbeat mood after the final siren.
“I’m not a grassroots footballer like everyone else, I have the right to live my life. I was home around 10 p.m. and I was on the waters. Everyone can do what they want with it. he wants to, but I’m a fucking first player,” Ginnivan told Fox Sports.
“Incredible and surreal. Leading Collingwood player – sounds good, sounds great. It’s unreal,” he added.
“It was hot, Brisbane are an incredible team with so many stars on the field. Our ability to fight, to compete and do things that other clubs don’t do. It’s incredible.
“Playing in probably one of the best finals ever, I will cherish it forever.”
Meanwhile, Beau McCreery was in good spirits after putting behind him the handshake snub which saw him criticized by the footballing world.
The Pies star was lashed on social media after whitewashing a young Auskicker as he received his prime minister’s medal.
But, according to his antics on Instagram, McCreery is baffled by the saga and was seen wearing a pair of sunglasses at Melbourne Park as the players were greeted with a rapturous ovation from the Magpie Army after their triumph .
Beau McCreery seemed baffled by his antics after the final siren
He shared a video of himself and his teammates being saluted by the Magpies army.
Harvey Harrison shared an image dressed and booted in the rooms after their victory
But it was a different story in the Brisbane sheds with Lachie Neale a devastated figure.
Isaac Quaynor posted a selfie with brothers Daicos and Tom Mitchell on the MCG pitch, before sharing an image of himself alongside his brother holding the premiership cup.
Bobby Hill, who won the Norm Smith Medal after scoring four goals in the final, shared a selfie with McCreery and Jamie Elliott.
Yet the mood was solemn in the Brisbane sheds as the Lions accepted their devastating defeat.
Lachie Neale was in seventh heaven midweek after picking up his second medal at Brownlow, but he wore a devastated face in the halls after his team’s brutal defeat.
He was consoled by his partner.
“I know last year everyone thought it was a bit of a fluke,” McRae mused.
“There were a few bounces of the ball that hit the post, we understand that. We’re not saying it’s a perfect science.
Young Collingwood star Jack Ginnivan celebrates his team’s victory with fans
Mason Cox drapes himself in the United States flag after becoming the first American to win the AFL premiership
Craig McRae welcomed his third daughter on Saturday morning and the victory capped off the perfect day for the Magpies coach.
“But there’s starting to be a bit of a trend now, don’t you think?” We’re pretty good in those clutch moments.
McRae, 50, who was a three-time premiership with Brisbane before turning to coaching, added: “On reflection it was one of the best games I’ve ever been a part of.”
“Sixteen years is good,” said Collingwood general manager and 1990 premier Craig Kelly.
“There’s a nice little spot in the new AIA Vitality Center (for the cup) and it will be nice to have 16 squares in the ledger.”