Longwood trainers use bye to give Ardmona helping hand

July 20, 2017

Ardmona Football Club was grateful for the support from two Longwood trainers at the weekend. Pictured are Ardmona coaches Jason Mason, Sidney Aspland, president Brett Sharp and coach Tim Magann.

Goodwill still exists in country football.

It was on display last week at Ardmona as the Cats took on Kyabram District Football League rival Undera.

Ardmona is without a senior team this year after dropping out due to a lack of numbers and uncompetitive efforts in the first two rounds.

But two trainers from fellow KDFL club Longwood helped out the Cats in their match with the Lions.

After Longwood and Ardmona’s reserves faced off on July 8, Tim Orgill made a pledge to give the Cats a hand, even though the Redlegs had the bye last weekend.

Orgill, along with partner Leah Kate, helped out with the strapping of Ardmona players and Cats president Brett Sharp could not have been more grateful.

‘‘We played them the week before and they got in touch with the club after the game and offered to do the strapping and wrapping of our players and we said, ‘righto, come on over’,’’ Sharp said.

‘‘We’re obviously after all the help we can get, so to get people from another club helping us out is so appreciated and speaks to what great people Tim and Leah are.

‘‘They went above and beyond for them, especially having the bye, and it’s not something you hear about too often.’’

Meanwhile, Sharp said Ardmona would definitely field a senior team next year, with club stalwart Brent Ralph likely to coach the side.

Tim Magann is expected to be the reserves coach, while the club is yet to announce a leader for its under-18s.

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