It was a cold wet and windy day and the Dimboola supporters were all huddled around the fire box to watch the Dimboola Reserves run out onto the field at Nhill.
With the small community of Dimboola, it always a struggle to put a reserve side on the ground each Saturday. These are group of guys who just want to have a game of football, and winning a game is only a bonus.
The team is made up of life members, fathers of the juniors, local tradies and anyone else that wants to put on a pair of boots.
Life member and father Mick Polycarpou was working towards his 500th game, when he ran out onto the oval for his 499th game last Saturday. There’s been many a time when they had to pull a couple of players from the under 17’s to make the side up.
Coach Bruce Miller’s persistence with these guys at every Tuesday and Thursday training, shows what dedication it takes to work with the underdogs of the Wimmera League. The team had not won a game for over two years.
The team took on the first quarter with all the energy of a NASA rocket. The wind was in their favour and offered opportunities to establish the score for an easier finish. At the end of the first quarter Dimboola were two goals up on Nhill. In the second quarter the wind was against them and and at the break at halftime the scores were on par. The boys were not able to score in the second quarter but fought hard to stop the Tigers dominating the game.
By the third quarter the wind was back in their favour and it was time to dig in. This was the time to get the goals up, as at the final quarter they were back facing the wind, making it a tough grind to claw back the game from behind. They gave it all they had, and put a large gap on their opponents, leaving the Tigers to chase 20 points in the final.
Nhill Tigers fought hard in the final to catch up, however the Dimboola boys were not going to let that happen. If this team was going to get a win this season, it was going to be this one.
The final siren blew and coach Bruce Miller put on a grin from ear to ear. He had one happy bunch walking off the oval with a seven point lead. The loud green and gold supporters were all jumping for joy for a group, that has worked all year, and finally had a taste of success.
It is not about winning for this team is about participating in something they love. But how sweet is a victory just the same!