Cootamundra found some joy in what has been a tough season, bringing up their first win against Temora on Sunday.
A 24-point loss is the closest the Bulldogs have been in the second half of the season, but were able to put in their best performance of the year to take a 22-8 win at Les Boyd Oval.
Vice president Paul Miller was thrilled the club was able to finally get some reward for the effort they have put in this season.
"Our guys have tried hard all year, have been competitive in most games but probably lacked a little execution, but today was just so good," Miller said.
"It was a great reward for the effort they have put in all year."
Haydn Cowled and James Woolford put in big performances to claim the valuable two points.
It was a big day for the club, and despite poor weather cancelling their helicopter drop, the victory was a delight to both players and supporters.
"There was people lining the sheds as we walked back into the change room just wanting to high five them," Miller said.
"It was such a good vibe for our club, and who knows what will happen next year, but it was something that we really, really needed."
Cootamundra's reserve grade side sits in third place, while ladies' league tag are seventh.The Bulldogs travel to take on Young on Sunday.
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