Weekly Times |THE longest winning streak in country Victorian football is over.
Dual reigning Omeo and District league premier Lindenow South was dismantled by a nine-goal final term by home side Omeo-Benambra yesterday.
Lindenow South had won 28 consecutive games leading into yesterday’s Round 6 match, including the 2015 and 2016 grand finals.
Yesterday’s 15-point defeat was its first defeat since losing to Buchan in Round 11 2015.
“We had plenty of the footy, but South were just a bit cleaner with it,” Omeo-Benambra coach Darren Hayward said.
“Everything clicked in the final quarter ... and we ran right away with it. We played some really good team footy which we had been lacking a little bit in the first three quarters.”
Omeo-Benambra was one point in front after the first quarter, Hayward said, but had already lost multiple club best-and-fairest winner Rohan Smith to a knee injury.
At three-quarter time it trailed 6.15 (51) to 11.9 (75), before storming home 15.19 (109) to 14.10 (94).
“We made it as hard as we possibly could for ourselves for three quarters and then we played the last quarter of terrific footy,” Hayward said.
“It was a great finish.”
One of Omeo-Benambra’s major moves in the final term was Michael Keating went into the ruck while Campbell Ahsam, who had rucked for the first three quarters, went to full forward.
The team finished with 10 goal scorers for the match and other standouts were brothers Tyler and Brandon Betts.
Hayward said the win affirmed to the side it was not “making up the numbers”.
The longest winning streak — 26 games — now belongs to Shepparton East in the Picola and District league South East division and Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley league.