Magical Macedon breaks a 41-year drought

The jubilant 2016 RDFNL senior premiership side - Macedon. Photo: Jasper Carn

The jubilant 2016 RDFNL senior premiership side - Macedon. Photo: Jasper Carn

There were joyous and jubilant scenes on Sunday afternoon after a very talented Macedon lineup secured the Riddell District's football premiership for season 2017.

The Cats' side had trailed a worthy Rupertswood rival by two points at half-time, but took control of the grand final by scoring five unanswered goals in the space of 13 minutes in the third term, then desperately withstood all challenges in a hard-fought last quarter.

The elusive and overdue victory was celebrated long into the night, and festivities will probably continue for much of this week as it is Macedon's first flag for 41 years.

This almost seemed destined to be the Year of the Cat after the club recruited strongly pre-season to bolster last season's lineup, then finished on top of the ladder with 14 wins from 16 home and away matches.

Macedon winning 'Club of the Year' and the coveted Bowen Medal going to leading goalkicker Jason Cooke were other omens which added to the Cats' belief.

It was Macedon's flag to lose, and the players did not let the club and loyal supporters down by winning three tough finals matches in succession - by 15, 12 and 13 points respectively.

An extremely large crowd turned up in fine conditions at Romsey, with the ground in top condition.

After one-sided matches in the Under 18.5 and Reserves with Wallan and Sunbury Kangaroos the respective victors, there was huge anticipation surrounding the Macedon versus Rupertswood encounter.

As league president Alan 'Ollie' Matthews commented before play began, it was the two top teams pitted against one another, with every chance of a close tussle. And so it proved.

Cats' president Terry Kernan recognises the importance of Macedon Football Netball Club playing an important community role, and along with dedicated coach Jeff Andrews was understandably overjoyed with the outcome.

Andrews said he would probably make up his mind this week about seeking a further term as Cats' coach and would do what he considers best for the club.

Congratulatory messages have been flooding in on the Cats' victory; an unforgettable triumph for one of the smaller clubs which has revived again after going into recess some years ago.

* How the Cats won the premiership - see the sport section in tomorrow's edition.

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