THE West Gippsland Football Netball Competition’s first foray into interleague footy didn’t go to plan, with the new league falling short by 52 points against Riddell and District Football Netball League at Macedon on Saturday.
The newly-formed competition’s inaugural interleague outfit led at quarter-time and was within 15 points at the main break, but found itself 44 points down at the final change.
The home side’s cool heads and bigger bodies rose to the fore when the game was on the line and even though West Gippsland never gave up the fight, the damage was already done by three-quarter time, with Riddell and District eventually securing the win 18.15 (123) to 11.5 (71).
Phillip Island’s Jarrod Witnish was awarded the AFL Victoria Medal as West Gippsland’s best player, while Cora Lynn’s Nathan Langley (four goals) and Inverloch-Kongwak’s Toby Mahoney (three) continued their form in front of goal.
Cora Lynn trio Jeremy Monckton, Billy Thomas and Ryan Gillis, Garfield’s Daniel Helmore and Bunyip’s Joel Gibson were others to impress for the red and gold.
Phillip Island’s Jaymie Youle was given the honour of captaining the first West Gippsland representative side.
West Gippsland is now ranked 27th and looks set to meet Horsham and District Football Netball League at next year’s championships.
It was a similar story for the West Gippsland under 18 team, which was right in the game at half-time, only for the home side to draw away in the second half and win 10.16 (76) to 5.12 (42).
Inverloch-Kongwak’s Ryan Sparkes won the medal as West Gippsland’s best player, while Cora Lynn pair Lochie Peluso and Zach Williamson, Dalyston duo Kale Wilson and Flynn Brosnan and Nar Nar Goon’s Eamon Trigg were also standouts.
There was mixed results on the netball court, with the 17 and under side claiming a 39-29 victory and the open team defeated 48-37.
Captain Alanna McRae (Dalyston) was best on court for the junior side, while open playing coach Christie Hillberg (Korumburra-Bena) led from the front and ensured her open side never stopped trying to be named best on court.
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