Redlegs rejoice as winning drought ends with flood of goals

July 24, 2017

The drought ended with a flood at Longwood on Saturday.

The drought ended with a flood at Longwood on Saturday.

The Redlegs won their first Kyabram District Football League game since June 6 last year when they smashed Undera by 123 points.

It was 411 days between drinks for Longwood and the club could not have been happier or more relieved to have secured the victory after losing to the Lions by two points in round two.

The belting was Longwood’s greatest winning margin since joining the KDFL in 2010, easily topping last year’s 88-point victory against Ardmona.

Longwood coach Nick Brown, who was back in charge after serving a five-game suspension, said it was a satisfying result for the club.

‘‘It was a good win for everyone, the whole club and the past players to get some sort of reward for everyone doing all the hard work,’’ Brown said.

‘‘We’ve had guys in the reserves having to double up in the last six weeks to ensure there would be no forfeits, but everyone’s been brilliant and stuck thick through some tough times.’’

Longwood dominated from the outset and could have been further in front if it were not for some poor kicking in front of goal.

While the Redlegs were on their way at half-time 43 points up, the result was put to bed in the third quarter as Brown’s team piled on nine goals to Undera’s three behinds.

Braydon Kearns put in another star showing, gathering about 40 touches and was able to push forward and kick six goals.

Anthony Tautala booted five goals, but went down with a hamstring injury in the third quarter.

Justin Van Merkesteyn was able to take 17 intercept marks across half-back to be a valuable force in defence.

After hardly playing in senior football before coming to Longwood, Van Merkesteyn has been a reliable contributor for the Redlegs.

Sam Scott had a good day out with two majors, while Jack Myers, Henry Peni and young gun Lucas Foenander were right in the action.

Longwood has a chance to create more history this Saturday when it searches for back-to-back wins for the first time in the KDFL.

The Redlegs will travel to Ironbark Stadium to take on Rushworth, with the Tigers only above Longwood on the ladder by percentage.

It was a tough day out for Undera, but it battled hard with contributions from Nathan Frizzell, Aaron Cordy, Elliott Bailey, Keelan Mitchell, Nic McAuliffe and Harry Myers.

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