Luke Summers goes out on top with Deer Park

Luke Summers celebrates his last goal as a senior player for Deer Park. Picture Shawn Smits

Deer Park veteran Luke Summers has bowed out of senior WRFL football on his own terms.

Summers was one of the Lions standouts in Sunday’s 114-point grand final win over Hoppers Crossing at the Whitten Oval, racking up possessions at will across the midfield, and delivering winners to the forwards on a platter.

After seven premierships, Summers has decided that it is time to re-pay his family for the sacrifices they have made during his stellar career.

“I’m 36 in November, so that’s enough for me,” he told

Star Weekly. “I’ve got to spend a bit of time with the family.

“I love footy, I love the Deer Park footy club.

“My wife tells me it’s my life; it comes first and foremost she tells me, and she’s probably right to a certain degree.

“Obviously family comes first, but football is very high up there.

“I’ve done it since I was eight years old and it’s going to be hard to leave. It’s definitely a treasure this premiership … I’ll take this to my grave.”

Summers will not be totally lost to football. Whatever is left in his tank will be spent as a reserves player next season.

“I’ll play with a few mates that I played [with]back in division 2 days who are still going around,” Summers said.

Summers has a grand final record most could only dream about. He is a perfect 7-0 when it comes to the biggest day on the calendar, having won two flags with Melton, two more with Deer Park in division 2 and three with Deer Park in division 1.

His only blemish was getting suspended before the 2013 grand final, which cost him a place in the side which kick-started this golden era for Deer Park.

“I was reported the first one, which I regret,” he said. But Summers has made up for it since, collecting a personal three-peat.

And, despite Sunday’s lop-sided scoreline, he felt relieved and emotional when the full-time siren blew on his decorated career.

“The final siren was a bit emotional, but it’s just an unbelievable feeling,” Summers said.

“Premierships aren’t easy; it’s hard, it’s physical and from minute one to 120, you’re going … the people inside the four walls, we’re all mates and we dig deep together.

“That’s why we’re successful.”

Summers is proud to have been part of a club that was “on its knees” then turned into a powerhouse.

“It’s been a long and worthy journey,” he said.