THE Gippsland League and the Ellinbank and District Football Netball League claimed bragging rights over their regional rivals at last Wednesday’s Gippsland Under 18 and Under 16 interleague carnival at Yinnar.
The carnival involved eight representative teams from five leagues, with about 200 players taking part across the day.
The Gippsland Under 18 team took all before it, winning all three games by an average margin of 49 points.
The decisive win was against the previously undefeated Alberton Football Netball League in the final match of the day.
Amongst the local contingent representing the Gippsland League in the Under 18s were Leongatha’s Kyle Cooper, Anthony Argento, Jack Ginnane, Hudson Kerr, Louis Riseley and Lachie Wright, along with Wonthaggi’s Cade Waters and Layton Membrey.
Ellinbank and District produced the upset of the carnival, stunning Gippsland in their Under 16 clash.
Four first-half goals gave Ellinbank and District the jump on its major league opposition and while Gippsland fought back, it fell two points short.
Ellinbank and District won its remaining games against Alberton and Mid Gippsland to secure the title.
Amongst the Leongatha contingent representing the Gippsland League in the Under 16s were Cameron Olden, Boadie Motton, Jake Patullo and Josh Patullo.
The match of the day was arguably the Under 18 clash between the Alberton and the North Gippsland football netball leagues.
North Gippsland, playing its first representative football competition in several years, fought back from 17 points down at half-time to level the scores, only for Alberton’s Ben Willder to kick the winning goal with 30 seconds to play.
Alberton’s Kyle Kirk (Dalyston) was named the Under 18s Player of the Carnival and Gippsland’s Jim Reeves (Maffra) was named the Under 16s Player of the Carnival.
Gippsland’s Kyle Cooper (Leongatha) and Alberton’s Jack Taylor (Phillip Island) were awarded medals for their respective Under 18 teams.
Alberton’s Matthew McGannon (Fish Creek) was named best for his Under 16 side.