AFL legend plays hard

RUNNING GAME: Longwood reserves player John Pert keeps the ball moving despite the very muddy conditions.PHOTO: Georgie Cardillo

AN appearance by a formerAFL great did not help the Redlegs come out of Saturday’s game against Undera with a win.

Former Geelong and Adelaide forward Ronnie Burns and former Shepparton Bears footballer Ben Tremellen both played a good game at Longwood last week but the ground conditions may have hindered their efforts, according to club president Justin Fry.

Last week’s downpour of rain spelled trouble for the home side, with players and opponents making a muddy mess on the oval.

The final score of 13.7 (85) to Undera and 3.2 (20) to Longwood was a representation of the hard battle the Redlegs endured on Saturday, losing by eight goals and by not getting on top of the first quarter.

“The conditions were terrible but I think we had a good second half, despite the end result,” Fry said.

“Ronnie Burns played a good, solid game and was very handy to have on the day. He is very verbal on the ground and had a lot to say between the quarters, trying to add some confidence to the other players.”

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