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Longwood clinches first win of the KDL season

By Aydin Payne

Jubilation filled the home side’s change rooms at Longwood Recreation Reserve on Saturday for the first time this season.

Longwood’s senior footballers clinched their first win of the Kyabram District League season against Ardmona to the tune of 25 points.

It was as an entertaining match, with more than 20 goals kicked in the first half, as the Cats held a seven-point lead at the main break.

The third quarter was a tense battle, but Ardmona did just enough to enter the final break with a two-point buffer.

The Redlegs gained ascendency in the last quarter, kicking 6.4 to Ardmona’s 2.1, to claim their first win.

Longwood coach Mick Galvin — who recently re-signed for next season — said the win was delivered for the entire club, not just the senior players.

‘‘That was a win for the whole club, it’s just really good for the club to grab its first win,’’ he said.

‘‘There was a great atmosphere in the clubrooms after the game.

‘‘I’m really proud we could deliver the win to Ricki (Shiner, Longwood president), it just means so much for him.

‘‘This is the win that the club needed.’’

However, as is the case with bottom-of-the-table clashes, jubilation cannot be awarded to both sides.

The Cats came ever so close to clinching their first senior win in four seasons.

An eight-goal haul from Beau Jackson was not enough for Ardmona to seal victory, instead, the time since its last win now extends to 1436 days.

‘‘Full credit to Ardmona, they just didn’t give up all game,’’ Galvin said.

‘‘To see them (the players) after the game and for them to come so close to victory — it kind of broke me to be honest.

‘‘As a football supporter you just want to see them succeed.

‘‘Ardmona’s pressure was unbelievable, there was a big sigh of relief when that siren went.’’

Caine Atkinson, Cameron Grogan (two goals) and Cody Law rounded out the better performers for the Cats.

Galvin’s son, Kobe, led the way in front of the big sticks, booting nine goals in a superb effort from the teenager.

Darcy Smith played a pivotal role down back, while Rob Mullen was outstanding through the middle.

Shiner even popped up down forward and kicked multiple goals in the win.

‘‘Kobe played a great game at full-forward, he grabbed some big marks,’’ Galvin said.

‘‘Robbie was superb through the middle, while Darcy was tasked with playing on Beau (Jackson).

‘‘No-one could stop him, he’s such a strong marker of the ball and he played a great game.’’