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One, two it’s all quite new for Redlegs

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July 31, 2017

What a take: Longwood secured back-to-back wins for the first time since joining the Kyabram District Football League.

History keeps being written at Longwood.

A week after the Redlegs recorded their biggest winning margin since joining the Kyabram District Football League in 2010, they ticked off another huge achievement.

By storming home to defeat Rushworth at Ironbark Stadium by 26 points on Saturday, Longwood ensured it won two games in a row for the first time in the competition.

It was gusty as it gets for the Redlegs, as they twere 13 points down at the final change.

But one of the best quarters in club history had Longwood charge home with a sensational nine-goal to two term, kicking against a stiff breeze.

Longwood was as much 33 points behind during the second quarter after a costly 10-minute lapse and managed to claw its way back in the contest.

Redlegs coach Nick Brown said there were club members in tears after the game, with the win the best they have seen in at least 10 years.

‘‘It was pretty amazing stuff. Longwood hasn’t had wins like that and we’ve tried to change the whole culture and make it normal for us to produce those sort of efforts,’’ Brown said.

‘‘We played 10 minutes of old Longwood football in the second quarter and Rushy got a run, but it took a couple of thirds kids to spark us back up.

‘‘We just had the belief in the last quarter. We kicked a goal within 17 seconds and had three in three minutes, then Rushy got back in front again and we were still able to steady and play some of our best football.’’

It is a remarkable turnaround for a club that was penalised severely for breaching the player points system this year.

Brown was suspended for five games and he said it could have been easy for the players and club to lose hope.

‘‘The guys never gave up, we could’ve given up when all that stuff was going on, but when you have young blokes with belief, anything can happen,’’ Brown said.

‘‘Having Simon Maddox come in and give us a bit of helping hand when we were down and I was suspended was so important, he probably saved everything from turning bad. The club and myself couldn’t thank him enough for what he did.’’

Playing injured, Redlegs star Braydon Kearns ran riot playing up forward to kick six goals in a virtouso performance.

Ricky Ahearn put in a powerful performance in the ruck, taking those duties for most of the game.

Jarrod Winzer, Sam Scott, Henry Peni, Daniel Robinson and Gordon Peni also played huge roles in the win.

The Redlegs will have a genuine opportunity to bring up three straight wins when they take on Girgarre at Longwood this Saturday.

For Rushworth, Rob Osborne was brilliant in a losing cause with eight goals to take his season tally to 73.

Shaun Young, Shayne Lynch and Todd Clarke all battled hard for the Tigers.

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