The Alex Scott & Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition enjoyed a red letter day at this week’s Evans Petroleum Cup junior interleague football carnival at Yinnar.
The under-16 team knocked off the mighty TRFM Gippsland League to win the carnival for the first time, while the under-18 came within percentage of doing the same.
Between them, the two sides won six of their seven games on the day.
The 16s opened proceedings with an impressive win against Ellinbank and District, 4.11 (35) to 0.4 (4).
The only down side was the team’s inaccuracy in front of goal, but the performances of the likes of Mitchell Moschetti, Josh Ryan and Heath Morgan-Morris ensured we weren’t made to pay.
Next up was Mid Gippsland, with three goals in either half enough to secure a comfortable win, 6.7 (43) to 2.3 (15).
Skipper Morgan-Morris once again led from the front, while Matt Voss and Nick Prowd were also prominent.
The biggest win of the day came against the combined team from the Rent 4 Keeps East Gippsland and Omeo District football netball leagues.
Nick Prowd was unstoppable inside forward-50, finishing with three goals in the 10.7 (67) to 0.2 (2) victory.
Jett Pickering and Keith Robinson (two goals) were the other standouts.
Those results meant a showdown with fellow undefeated side Gippsland would decide the champion of the carnival.
Goals to Prowd and Josh Ryan gave the boys a five-point lead at half-time and when Harry O’Brien kicked the opening goal of the second half the lead was out to 11 points.
The Gippsland side never stopped fighting and got back within four points, but Jack Wilson’s late goal gave the boys from the West some breathing room and they hung on to win 4.1 (25) to 2.4 (16).
Matt Voss, Jack Wilson and Mitchell Moschetti were named in the best.
Nick Prowd received the medal as our player of the carnival, while Mitch Nicholas was named the overall Player of the Carnival, as voted by the umpires.
The under-18 side began the day with a 4.5 (29) to 2.5 (17) win against Ellinbank and District, with Brayden Weller, Cooper Hampton and Zac Soutar leading the way.
Things did not quite go to plan against the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland FNL.
Locked at 3.2 (20) apiece at half-time, the boys fell short in a second half shootout, eventually going down 8.3 (51) to 5.6 (36), with North Gippsland forward Cain Iorangi proving a tough matchup with five goals.
Cooper Hampton starred with three goals in a brilliant individual performance, while Luke Hartley and Joel Motta also played strong games.
The loss meant only a big win against the undefeated Gippsland side in the final game would be enough to win the carnival.
The plan was well and truly on track at half-time, with goals to Trent McMahon, Luke Hartley and Cooper Hampton giving the boys from the West a 14-point lead and when Jay Verhagen kicked the opening goal of the second half, they momentarily moved ahead of Gippsland on percentage.
However, late goals to Gippsland through Nic Bulmer and Burkeley Macfarlane cut the final margin to just five points and Gippsland retained the cup, despite West Gippsland winning the head to head battle 4.9 (33) to 4.4 (28).
Hampton, McMahon and Tom Glassborow were the standouts, with the former awarded with the medal as West Gippsland’s player of the day.
Mitch Cammarano scooped the overall Player of the Carnival medal, as voted by the umpires.
Well done to all involved in this year’s representative program, including coaches Brendan Hickman and Shaun Sparks, and to our interleague partner The Drain Man, for its ongoing support.
FULL RESULTS – UNDER-18:
GAME 1: WEST GIPPSLAND v. ELLINBANK
West Gippsland 2.4, 2.4, 4.5, 4.5 (29)
Ellinbank 1.2, 1.2, 2.5, 2.5 (17)
GOALS, West Gippsland: Cooper Hampton 1, Liam Taylor 1, Chase Blackwood 1, Jay Verhagen 1
Ellinbank: Joshua McNally 1, Justin Lockett 1
BEST, West Gippsland: Brayden Weller, Cooper Hampton, Zac Soutar, Dylan Gallasch, Joel Motta, Jay Verhagen
Ellinbank: Joshua White, Travis Stewart, Cooper Clancy, Jake Tyers, Jai Newcombe, Joshua McNally
GAME 2: WEST GIPPSLAND v. NORTH GIPPSLAND FL
North Gippsland FL 3.2, 3.2, 8.3, 8.3 (51)
West Gippsland 3.2, 3.2, 5.6, 5.6 (36)
GOALS, North Gippsland FL: Cain Iorangi 5, Ryan Lowrie 1, Jack Caile 1, Dustin Weir 1
West Gippsland: Cooper Hampton 3, Luke Hartley 1, Joseph Verleg 1
BEST, North Gippsland FL: Cain Iorangi, Dustin Weir, Ryan Lowrie, Brandon McAuliffe, Harley Hoppner, Jake McFarland
West Gippsland: Cooper Hampton, Luke Hartley, Joel Motta, Thomas Glassborow, Brayden Weller, Chase Blackwood
GAME 3: GIPPSLAND LEAGUE v. WEST GIPPSLAND
West Gippsland 3.4, 3.4, 4.9, 4.9 (33)
Gippsland League 1.2, 1.2, 4.4, 4.4 (28)
GOALS, West Gippsland: Luke Hartley 1, Jay Verhagen 1, Cooper Hampton 1, Trent McMahon 1
Gippsland League: Joshua Galea 1, Nicholas Bulmer 1, Jacob Lamers 1, Burkeley Macfarlane 1
BEST, West Gippsland: Trent McMahon, Cooper Hampton, Thomas Glassborow, Zac Soutar, Brayden Weller, Joseph Verleg
Gippsland League: Bailey Quaife, Braxton Ah Mat, Thomas McMahon, Dylan Garnham, Joshua Bates
FULL RESULTS – UNDER-16:
GAME 1: WEST GIPPSLAND v. ELLINBANK
West Gippsland 3.3, 3.3, 4.11, 4.11 (35)
Ellinbank 0.3, 0.3, 0.4, 0.4 (4)
GOALS, West Gippsland: Jack Wilson 1, Kai MacKenzie 1, Lachlan McLeod 1, Joshua Ryan 1
BEST, West Gippsland: Mitchell Moschetti, Joshua Ryan, Heath Morgan-Morris, Mitchell Nicholas, Keith Robinson, Flynn Parker
Ellinbank: Angus Adamiak, Geordie Wells, Lewis Kennedy, Nathan Mazza, Matthew Dare
GAME 2: WEST GIPPSLAND v. MID GIPPSLAND FL
West Gippsland 3.3, 3.3, 6.7, 6.7 (43)
Mid Gippsland FL 2.1, 2.1, 2.3, 2.3 (15)
GOALS, West Gippsland: Harry O’Brien 1, Andrew Fitzpatrick 1, Mitchell Nicholas 1, Keith Robinson 1, Nicholas Prowd 1, Mitchell Moschetti 1
Mid Gippsland FL: Mason Porykali 1, Bayley Paul 1
BEST, West Gippsland: Heath Morgan-Morris, Matthew Voss, Nicholas Prowd, Mitchell Nicholas, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Mitchell Moschetti
Mid Gippsland FL: Bayley Paul, Patrick Carte, Jayden McCormack, Trent Johnson, Beau Peters, Jacob Carnes
GAME 3: EAST GIPPSLAND-OMEO v. WEST GIPPSLAND
West Gippsland 5.3, 5.3, 10.7, 10.7 (67)
East Gippsland-Omeo 0.2, 0.2, 0.2, 0.2 (2)
GOALS, West Gippsland: Nicholas Prowd 3, Keith Robinson 2, Harry O’Brien 1, Joshua Ryan 1, Mitchell Nicholas 1, Heath Morgan-Morris 1, Matthew Voss 1
BEST, West Gippsland: Nicholas Prowd, Jett Pickering, Keith Robinson, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Flynn Parker, Riley Dolan
GAME 4: GIPPSLAND LEAGUE v. WEST GIPPSLAND
West Gippsland 2.0, 2.0, 4.1, 4.1 (25)
Gippsland League 1.1, 1.1, 2.4, 2.4 (16)
GOALS, West Gippsland: Harry O’Brien 1, Jack Wilson 1, Nicholas Prowd 1, Joshua Ryan 1
Gippsland League: Kye Benson 1, Jake Kallady 1
BEST, West Gippsland: Matthew Voss, Jack Wilson, Mitchell Moschetti, Heath Morgan-Morris, Keith Robinson, Mitchell Nicholas
Gippsland League: Kye Benson, Cooper Smith, Jake Kallady, Harrison Dawson, Harrison Middleton, Tom Caile
FINAL STANDINGS – UNDER-18:
FINAL STANDINGS – UNDER-16: