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Long time coming

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September 25, 2017

Charlotte Long of Moama hugs team mate Ange Slattery duing the MFNL A grade netball grand final between Moama and Tongala. Photo by Luke Hemer.

It has been a long time coming, but Charlotte Long was confident in bringing Moama its first A-grade premiership.

In fact, what made the feat all the more special is that the Magpies have never featured in a grand final at the highest level.

But on Saturday history was made when the siren blew and the Magpies defeated Tongala by 10 goals.

‘‘It was an amazing achievement to get into to the grand final and then to win it is even sweeter,’’ Long said.

‘‘It is amazing for the club, even though it is my first year, I feel right apart of the culture, the family and I am loving it.’’

The Magpies bowed out in the elimination final last year and have never really been close at all to featuring in the flag decider, but fortune favoured the brave.

‘‘The club wanted it so much, they were proactive about it this year and I feel they deserve every second of it,’’ Long said.

Long joined the Magpies from Echuca and from the grand final side, the midcourter brought along fellow Goulburn Valley League netballers Steph Watson, Emilly Atkinson, Emily Taverna and Georgia Crowe.

The quartet joined fresh off the back of B-grade success with Kyabram and they have made it back-to-back flags.

Initially, for Long, it was a daunting move to take on a new role at the new club, but it is one she was glad she took.

‘‘I have loved every minute here,’’ Long said.

‘‘There was a bit of anxiousness about the move, but I settled in so quickly because the people here are so welcoming.

‘‘I am just lucky to be apart of a great club and fortunately, I have really good friends who are really good netballers, it is as simple as that.’’

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