Ball, who was taken at No.2 in the 2001 “super” draft, was supreme in shutting down former team-mate Lenny Hayes, who won last week’s Norm Smith Medal for best on ground in the drawn grand final.
Ball didn’t win the Norm Smith but he was one of the chief instigators in the 56-point victory.
”I really built it up and I was, by the time I got to Saturday, to be honest I was an emotional wreck,” Ball told The Age.
Going back to that 2001 super draft, Chris Judd has a premiership (pick no.3), Luke Hodge has a flag (pick no.1) and now Ball has a flag.
This time last year Ball controversially left the Saints after being given little game time.
He was seen to be going to Melbourne; how life would be if he went there. Instead, Ball headed to his first preference Collingwood along with ruckman Darren Jolly. Along came a flag.
Pretty simple formula isn’t it?