Group 11 grand final: Ben 'Chops' McGregor scores two grand title wins for Cowboys brotherhood

Two for Two: Ben McGregor, surrounded by his family, helped propel the Cowboys to two title wins on Sunday. Photo: Belinda Soole.
Two for Two: Ben McGregor, surrounded by his family, helped propel the Cowboys to two title wins on Sunday. Photo: Belinda Soole.

In Wellington footy, there have been two constant fixtures in the last two decades, one is the pain of missing out come grand final time and the other is Ben 'Chops' McGregor.

The Wellington mainstay has been there throughout the Cowboys' painful title drought, having played for them for over a decade and seen all of the highs and lows of bush footy.

But on Sunday, McGregor got the opportunity to carve his name into a new bit of Wellington footy folklore; not only helping end the Cowboys' title heartache in first grade, but also seeing the reserve grade side to a grand final of their own.

McGregor played in both games, and was the first man called to the stage by both reserve grade captain-coach Chris Ah See and first grade captain and coach Justin Toomey-White and Aidan Ryan.

The veteran forward considered it a huge honour to be the first man to hold aloft the two titles on grand final day, but insisted that the win was for something much more than just the two team's he played with.

"Yeah, it's a great honour, to play for a team like this, y'know, this town's all about footy as you can see here today, today wasn't just about us or playing in a grand final, it's about the supporters and the community," McGregor said.

"It's about all these people who've come and support us through the hard times, when we were getting beat by a hundred points and stuff like that, we've really turned it around this year and we got those two grand finals, it's a great honour."

The reward is a fitting one for McGregor, who's displayed incredible loyalty in his time in Group 11, despite having offers to play elsewhere and currently residing in Parkes, the clubman has never abandoned the Wellington team and insists that the camaraderie is what sets the Cowboys' apart.

"The calibre of players that we had; I mean, take reserve grade for example, we had our first training run the first semi-final, y'know, twenty minutes after that, it was just the belief, brotherhood within the team and it's the same in first grade, you can see out there today, we just play for each other," he said.

"Individuals can win you a grand final, but you need to have that mix throughout the whole team and I think we had that through both the two teams today, they really showed that we had that."