HAWTHORN superstar Shaun Burgoyne will take inspiration from his nanna Iris in to his fifth AFL grand final this Saturday against the Sydney Swans.
Mr Burgoyne, who developed his love for the game playing for Mallee Park in Port Lincoln, hopes to clinch his third AFL premiership on the weekend.
The victory would join the 2004 premiership he won at Port Adelaide and the 2013 premiership with the Hawks.
Mr Burgoyne's nanna Iris passed away in Port Lincoln earlier this month, which he said gave him a lot of motivation to play well.
"It's a sad occasion and you want to be there with your family during this time but you can't," he said.
"I've always played footy to put a smile on their face so hopefully we get the win."
Mr Burgoyne returned to Port Lincoln on Thursday for the funeral however had to fly back to Melbourne that afternoon ahead of the preliminary final on Saturday against Port Adelaide.
He said family played a significant role in motivating him for big games and this weekend would be no exception.
"My parents are coming over, a couple of cousins and my wife's family," he said.
"It's always motivating when you know you have family in the crowd."
Mr Burgoyne said he had also felt the pain of losing on grand final day in 2007 (Port Adelaide) and 2012 (Hawthorn).
"It's definitely a horrible feeling, you're upset and devastated you lost while your opposition are celebrating and cameras are in your face," he said.
"Emotions can run wild, it's definitely a strange place to be."
Mr Burgoyne was a part of Hawthorn's 2012 grand final loss to the Swans, which he said gave the club added motivation to do better.
"After losing to Sydney in 2012 it gave us great motivation for 2013 going in to pre-season," he said.
He said the club worked hard on the track and was lucky enough to win the 2013 grand final against Fremantle.
Mr Burgoyne said although he always had strong ties with his former club, Port Adelaide, he was now "entrenched" in the culture at Hawthorn.
"Hawthorn are a club that's proud of their past and the players have worked on the culture," he said.
"The way you live your life becomes contagious and the younger players feed off that."