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Tom’s fairytale finish

Retiring Bannockburn forward Jason Tom. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NOT everyone gets the fairytale finish to their football career they deserve.

But Jason Tom did.

The veteran Bannockburn forward, who had played in four losing grand finals across stints at the Tigers, Leopold and Geelong Amateur, will bow out with a premiership medal following Sunday’s upset six-point win over Thomson.

“I’m lost for words… it’s hard to explain,” Tom said.

“When I’ve lost ones, I wasn’t devastated; I never sulked or cried myself to sleep at night.

“But when you win one, it goes the other way.

“I think if I’d won one first and then lost them all, I’d probably feel different.”

The 32-year-old, who came out of retirement after a year on the sidelines in 2018, kicked a crucial goal with a composed snap in front of the old scoreboard at St Albans Reserve early in the last quarter that gave Bannockburn an 11-point advantage.

Tom says it was probably the most crucial goal of his career, but he was playing down how good it was.

“The best goal of my career was called a point,” he recalled. “It was on Skilled (GMHBA) Stadium, and I hacked it out of the air with a karate kick from about 25m out.

“(St Joseph’s) Dale Carson dived- I don’t reckon he touched it.”

Tom says a goal-kicking competition between him and teammate Brent Harding had him well prepared for the shot.

“We have a kick for dinner from a similar angle in the pocket every week, and the winner gets dinner bought for them,” he said.

“We were practising those on Thursday night, and I was spraying them.”

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