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‘We did it!’: Country footy team famous for losing finally gets famous win

Wahgunyah, the country footy team that became famous for losing, has finally won a game.

The proud club from a small Victorian community on the banks of the Murray River made national headlines for its almost math-defying losses.

But a renewed focus on its community core has reinvigorated the club and on Saturday, the Wahgunyah Lions Seniors recorded their first win in more than 1,000 days.

A post on the club’s Facebook simply read: “We did it!”

Wahgunyah recorded their first win in over 1000 days.(Supplied)

Down by a point at three-quarter time to Dederang Mt Beauty, the Lions mounted a stirring comeback for a thrilling nine-point victory, sparking wild celebrations and tears at the final siren.

“It was just mayhem on the ground, it was fantastic” president Daryl Hore said.

A central figure in the club’s fight for survival, Hore couldn’t bear to watch the drama unfolding, and instead was found pacing in the car park during the final quarter. 

Older man wearing cap, singlet and shorts laughs while standing on country football oval

President of the Wahgunyah Football and Netball Club, Daryl Hore.(ABC News: Jeremy Story Carter)

Even on hearing the roar of his community confirming the win, he hung back and took a moment to reflect. 

“It’s just a feeling we haven’t had in a long time,” he said.

Proud moment for community

A large room filled with tables of young people in sports clothes. The room is decorated with hanging pennants

A presentation earlier this month for Wahgunyah’s football and netball players.(ABC News: Jeremy Story Carter)

The win marks a significant moment for the Wahgunyah Lions, whose very existence has been threatened in recent years. 

A painful 432-1 loss to Beechworth in 2022 gained national attention, and years of big losses and a failed merger attempt left some questioning whether the club could survive.