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Cahoon carries on legacy of 1991 flag

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September 18, 2017

Laura Cahoon played goal attack in Saturday’s victory against Dookie United, 26 years after her grandmother Sue Cleeland coached Waaia to an A-grade flag.

Waaia’s drought-breaking A-grade premiership on Saturday drew many parallels to its last grand final win in 1991.

Laura Cahoon played goal attack in Saturday’s victory against Dookie United, 26 years after her grandmother Sue Cleeland coached Waaia to an A-grade flag.

Cahoon’s mother Carol would have played in the flag had she not given birth to Laura that season.

Laura said meeting up with her grandmother following the win was a particularly special moment.

‘‘I spoke to my Nan and that’s the only time I cried, when I saw my Nan I bawled my eyes out, she was so happy,’’ Laura said.

‘‘They wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

‘‘They came from an era that was phenomenal and now to show them this, it means a lot especially after 26 years.’’

Cleeland coached the A-grade and B-grade to premierships in 1991 as Laura’s sister Amy Carey helped the Bombers to victory in B-grade on Saturday.

As all four senior Waaia teams stood on the dais in a golden year in 1991, the Bombers nearly recreated the same feat.

With sides again featuring in all grades, C-grade defeated Dookie United in extra time, but C-reserve was unable to finish off the quadrella, going down by two goals.

Remarkably, another mother-daughter duo was present in the A-grade team, with Nikki Foster coaching and daughter Milly Foster taking the court in defence.

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