Myrtleford is doing a lot right on the field, but it did something after the win over Wangaratta which showed its class off the ground.
One-time club runner Ryan McNeil lost his battle with cancer the previous weekend, so coach Jake Sharp called the players into a room where the players could have a drink for 'Eggy'.
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Great friend Leigh Corcoran brought the popular McNeil to the club when he co-coached with Brad Murray.
"He never played footy, but loved it," Corcoran said.
"He wanted to be part of a club environment and he was a great character and a great person."
Corcoran is now the Saints' forward line coach and he was there when McNeil spoke to the players prior to the clash against Wodonga Raiders on May 4.
It was highly emotional.
"'Eggy' said life can be short and so can footy and when opportunity presents itself, you've got to go for it," Corcoran said.
Eggy' said life can be short and so can footy and when opportunity presents itself, you've got to go for it ... he really got a big buzz out of it.Leigh Corcoran
"He also spoke about bond and mateship.
"He certainly touched our club and I'm just really thankful the players had an opportunity to see him.
"He really got a big buzz out of it."
McNeil was passionate about his sport and life and you can see the coach's joy every time the Saints win.
After only four victories last year, Myrtleford now sits third with a seven-two record.
When the final siren sounded in the 29-point upset of Wangaratta, Sharp embraced team-mates, as he has after every win.
There's no disrespect to the opposition, it's just the kid from Myrtleford who dreamed of coaching the club one day is living every win. And loving it.
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