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Valley break 2005 duck

BRAD GREENDSHIELDS

History was made on Saturday when Nambucca Valley Lions recorded their first victory in the competition, overcoming Woolgoolga by 29 points.

The Lions were in full celebration mode as the final siren rang, with players and supporters alike keen to enjoy the moment that so many Lions people had worked towards over the summer.

I think it was more a relief than anything, Nambucca Valley captain-coach Jimmy Angel said.

But it certainly meant a lot to the blokes whove been around the club a while.

The final margin is probably not a true reflection of the game, as inaccurate kicking robbed the Lions of an even bigger victory having almost doubled the amount of scoring shots of their opponents.

The Lions won the game by kicking eight goals to Woolgoolgas three in the second and third quarters, but previous losses to the Swans and Grafton after having a lead meant Angel wasnt counting his chickens until the final siren sounded.

Being in a similar position in other games, I think we suffered from the guys not actually knowing how to win, he said.

But I just kept saying to the guys to take it a quarter at a time, and not get too far ahead of ourselves.

For Woolgoolga, Saturdays upset loss could be the difference between the Blues making the finals or not.

The usual suspects were the best players for the Blues, but that might be the problem at the moment for Woolgoolga.

Week in and week out the names of McDonald and Snow appear in the best player lists, and there arent many more Blues players willing to put their hand up in support.

Nambucca Valley 2.6 6.10 10.14 13.17 (95) d Woolgoolga 3.3 4.5 6.5 10.6 (66).

Goals Nambucca Valley: A. Fitzhenry (4), E. Mueck (3), S. Stanberg (2), B. Zutt (2).

Woolgoolga: R. Zeegers (3), T.Snow (2), N. Skinner (2). Best, Nambucca Valley: A. Fitzhenry, T. Baade, M. Townsend. Woolgoolga: B. McDonald, T. Snow, R. Zeegers.