Good things come to those who wait.
For embattled club Yarroweyah, the wait for its first victory in two seasons finally came to a sweet end against Tocumwal on Saturday.
In what was a good reward for the club as it rebuilds, the Hoppers recorded a solid 22-point victory in front of a large crowd at the home of the former MFL club.
Leading from the front were co-coaches Geoff Benson and Andy Jones, who kicked four goals and seven goals respectively.
Jones played on one leg in the second half after sustaining a heavy knock in the second quarter. But refused to leave the ground, playing out the match in the goal square and helping secure his maiden victory as coach.
Benson stood firm each time his side needed some direction, with his leadership qualities and instruction worth its weight in gold in the tense final term.
Midfielder and forward Josh Evans was best on ground with two goals in a dominant display through the midfield, with his great skills and pressure forcing multiple errors from the opposition.
Ruckman Christian Durhing gave his onballers first use of the Sherrin on many occasions, with Nick Macheda and Keegan Oliver winning some great contested possessions to allow Shaun Greenaway and Khomsan Vatiroyram to run and carry through the centre.
Greenaway was particularly damaging with numerous evasive runs and forward entries for his team.
Phil Creighton was again solid in defence and made it difficult for his opponent, while Stephen Marshall competed strongly in the other key defensive role.
Captain Beau Quinane had some great one-on-one contests and demonstrated why he is the side’s number one small defender with his hardness in the contest.
It was a solid team effort to deliver a win for the ages for a team that has had few highlights in the past two years.
It showed the club is finally poised to reap some reward for the hard work it is doing both on and off the field.