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Making history . . . The Gore High School First XI football team won the Football College League Division One for the first time last week. It was a Southland-wide competition. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Years of hard work and dedication has paid off for a bunch of footballers.

The Gore High School first XI won the College League Trophy for the first time last week.

It brought to a close a 14-year drought.

Four teams – James Hargest College, Southland Boys’ High School, Verdon College and Gore – were involved in the round-robin competition.

Gore High went through undefeated and topped the points table to take the trophy.

The side played “very well” in its final match of the competition, beating James Hargest 2-1, manager Sandie Stark said.

The side’s success was built on its foundation work through the years.

“This team’s been building for the last few years and the team’s stayed together,” Stark said.

“They’ve just been building on what they’ve been doing with the different coaches.”

Pete Shaw coached the side this season, and credit also went to previous coaches Mark Dungey, Rochelle Weller and Kish De Silva.

Gore High had a successful season last year, ending top of the table, but lost to James Hargest in the final.

The team was a “good bunch of mates” who worked well together.

“They all play in a Gore Wanderers side, too.”

The side had been set to play in the Linwood Tournament in Dunedin, but it was cancelled this year due to Covid-19.

However, the majority of the team would be together next year and hoped to enter the Linwood Tournament then, Stark said.