Pingaring’s Liam Baker is a dual AFL premiership player after he produced another terrific performance this time in Richmond’s stunning 31-point grand final triumph over Geelong at the Gabba on Saturday night. Baker was watched on by proud parents Kim and Karen, along with sisters Corrina and Julia, at Pingaring Golf Club with close friends and family. After being overlooked in two drafts, Baker won his second premiership medal in his third season with the club and has remarkably played just 42 AFL games. The 22-year-old rebound defender collected 14 touches, four inside 50s, three marks, two tackles and 361m gained and was a vital link-up player for the Tigers as they dominated the second half. The Tigers claimed back-to-back flags and their third in four years after overrunning the Cats, winning 12.9 (81) to 7.8 (50), and Baker played alongside Katanning’s Shai Bolton. Kim Baker said winning a second premiership was a great achievement by his son. “We met at the Pingaring Golf Club; there was about 45 locals and friends and family,” he said. “It was a fantastic day and fantastic result. We are very proud of him and very pleased for him. “It is a great achievement to win two premierships at the age of 22, after missing two drafts then getting picked up with pick 18 in the rookie draft. “We are very happy for him; it has been a great ride. “We spoke to him briefly after the game but it was loud in the rooms on his end. We were Face-Timing and everyone was cheering here, so we left him alone. “We tried him yesterday (Monday) but he had the fairest and best, so we will touch base soon.” After celebrating with teammates this week, Baker will tomorrow return to the farm, where he will serve his two-week quarantine period driving equipment in the paddocks. “He will be back on the farm on Friday,” Kim said. “He got rejected twice but the third time his application got accepted. “He has to go straight from the airport to the farm; he isn’t allowed to see anyone for two weeks but he can sit in trucks, tractors and headers. “It will be very good to be able to share the experience with him when he is home. “It was disappointing not going over there because we go over a couple of times a year.” Baker capped off a superb season by coming sixth in the Tigers fairest-and-best count on Monday night. He finished with 42 votes behind winner Jayden Short (53 votes), three-time Norm Smith medallist Dustin Martin (50), Nick Vlastuin (49), Bolton (44), Kamdyn McIntosh (43). “We appreciate what Richmond have done for him; they turned him into a back man and he has secured his place,” Kim said. “When he missed the first and second draft, he just said ‘I need an opportunity’. “Richmond gave him that and here we are, he’s a two-time premiership player. “It’s a dream come true. “I encourage kids with a similar pathway to Liam to chase their dream.” Bolton was also terrific with 16 disposals, seven tackles, four clearances, three marks, three inside 50s and 381m gained.