Pies break through

Knobel says Wangartta’s one-point win a great reward for young group

DOG GETS UP HIGH: WODONGA’S Steve Murray put in his contender for mark of the year on Saturday with this spectacular grab against Wangaratta. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

WANGARATTA has ended nearly three months of pain after breaking through for its first win since round six, holding on to win a thriller against Wodonga at the Norm Minns Oval on Saturday.

Not since the Magpies defeated Wodonga back in round six had the side tasted success, however, that streak is now over after they saluted 11.6 (72) to 10.11 (71).

In one of the most see-sawing contests all season, the Magpies looked to have sewn the match up after kicking the first three goals of the final quarter to lead by 14 points.

However, the Bulldogs came storming back into the match with two goals of their own before coach Ben Hollands missed a chance late that would have put his team ahead.

With Wangaratta grimly holding on to a one-point advantage, the Bulldogs peppered the forward line, however, the Magpies defence held firm and held on to victory.

Ecstatic Magpies coach Mark Knobel said the win was a great reward for all involved with the club.

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