THE Goulburn Valley League’s under 18 footballers have won a high-scoring thriller against the Ovens and Murray Football League on Saturday at Martin Park Wodonga.
Rochester Football Club’s Harrison McPhee and Joshua Flight were chosen for the junior representative team with Flight named amoung the best for the Goulburn Valley.
After a cagey opening to the match, both sides attacked hard in the second half with the Goulburn Valley grabbing an eight-point win.
Mooroopna’s Kai Madgwick was best on ground, three goals just a part of his impact on the game.
The sides were both a touch slow in starting the match, with wastefulness in front of goal also hurting the Goulburn Valley in the opening term as they took a 2.6 (18) to 2.2 (14) lead to quarter-time.
The game opened up in the second term and the GVL took some control of the game with a five goal to three quarter to lead by 15 points at half-time.
Both sides attacked in the third quarter and shared twelve goals, seven of which for the Goulburn Valley set them up for victory with a 26-point three-quarter-time lead.
Ovens and Murray didn’t go down without a fight and ran the game out strongly with six goals in the final quarter, but couldn’t quite close the gap to their opponent with the Goulburn Valley holding on for a 18.10 (118) to 16.14 (110).
Echuca’s Liam Tenace got on the scoreboard with a goal, with Amos Farrell the other Murray Bomber playing in the game.
Shepparton United’s Edward Adams was one of the GVL’s match-winners with four goals, Kayne Davidson joining Madgwick and Flight among the best players on the ground.
Bailey Frauenfelder was the clear best player for Ovens and Murray, his five goals just not quite enough to drag his side across the line.