Sport

Juniors show their skills as rival divisions play-off

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May 19, 2017

The south-east division completed a clean sweep against its north-west Picola District Football League rival on Saturday, winning the under-12, under-14 and under-17 interleague contests.

The south-east division completed a clean sweep against its north-west Picola District Football League rival on Saturday, winning the under-12, under-14 and under-17 interleague contests.

Played at Strathmerton, hundreds of interested onlookers and spectators turned out to watch the competition’s elite juniors showcase their talents.

In the under-17s, Strathmerton’s Sam Lewis and Haydn Watt, Yarroweyah’s Chad Soule and Tocumwal’s Jesse Barker, Riley Renick and Tom Hatty took to the field.

In the under-15s, Strathmerton’s Mitchell Payne, Dylan Craven and Riley Franklin, Yarroweyah’s Brody Tenney and Tocumwal’s Tom Barker, Riley Bourne, Harvey White, Bailey Mason and Zander Griffin were all named in the team.

In the under-14s, it was Levi Te Jones, Ben Lee-Madgwick and Josh Payne from Strathmerton, Blake Humphries from Yarroweyah and Blair Eddy and Kane Wardlaw from Tocumwal who were part of the team to take on the south-east.

Katandra’s Xavier Chalkley was awarded best-of-ground honours during south-east’s thrilling nine-point under-17 victory.

Picola District Football League operations manager Shane Railton was thrilled with the outcome and could not have asked for a better spectacle for those who were there to witness it.

‘‘It was a great day of football, there was plenty of people there and the 17s’ game was an absolute nail-biter,’’ Railton said.

‘‘Some of the competition’s most talented footballers were on show and they put on a true clinic.

‘‘It was a great day for everyone to get down and watch three games of football.’’

Picola’s Kian Wise and Deniliquin Rover Ryan Brunker were two of the north-west’s better performers, while in the under-12 and under-14 fixtures the south-east division ran out comfortable winners.

The league created history with all three junior grades playing against each other for the first time and Railton hoped the trend could continue.

‘‘It is a great idea,’’ Railton said.

‘‘It is great for the league and it’s great for the teams, hopefully it adds a little bit of rivalry and in the not-to-distant future we can have a senior game.’’

—Adem Barolli

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