A BEHIND on the final siren from Wonthaggi Power’s Tom Murray sealed a championship double for Gippsland League at last Wednesday’s Evans Petroleum Cup Junior Interleague Carnival at Traralgon.
The Under 16 captain marked 40m out from goal with 10 seconds on the clock and while Alberton defenders got a hand to the ball as the siren sounded, they were unable to prevent it from crossing the line.
A draw would have been enough for Gippsland to claim the title, but the thrilling one-point victory ensured the league won all five of its games for the carnival, with its Under 18 team also finishing the day undefeated.
Ellinbank was runner-up in the Under 16 competition having won two of its three games, while Alberton’s win against North Gippsland was enough to claim second place in the Under 18 division.
The carnival involved seven representative teams from five football leagues, with about 180 players taking part across the day.
AFL Gippsland senior operations manager Tim Sexton thanked all participating leagues for their efforts in trying conditions.
“The weather wasn’t very kind to us but all volunteers were understanding and provided plenty of assistance throughout the day,” Sexton said.
“The standard of football played was still quite high and all games were played in great spirit.”
Alberton star Michael Marotta was named player of the carnival in the Under 18s, while Ellinbank ruckman Levi Munns scooped the award in the Under 16s.
Each team named a player-of-the-carnival, with Clayton Kingi (Gippsland), Marotta (Alberton) and Jake Frith (North Gippsland) awarded medals for their respective Under 18 teams.
Murray (Gippsland), Matt Ryan (Ellinbank and District), Jackson Nolan (Alberton) and Ryan Lowrie (Mid Gippsland) were best for the Under 16 teams.
Murray seals Gippsland win