THE West Gippsland Football Netball Competition secured a famous victory at Wednesday’s Evans Petroleum Cup junior representative football carnival at Yinnar.
West Gippsland’s under 16 team won all four of its games, including the final game of the day against the previously undefeated TRFM Gippsland League team to win the title for the first time.
It marked the first time since 2015 and only the second time in the past nine years that the Gippsland League has been defeated.
West Gippsland ruckman Mitch Nicholas was named player of the carnival, as voted by the umpires, while tall forward Nick Prowd was named West Gippsland’s best player.
Kye Benson was awarded the medal as Gippsland’s best player, with Jayden McCormack, Bailey Stephens and Jai Hayward best for the Mid Gippsland, Ellinbank and District and East Gippsland/Omeo District teams respectively.
West Gippsland also came within a whisker of upsetting Gippsland in the under 18 competition.
Gippsland opened proceedings with a 20-point win against North Gippsland, before fighting back from three goals down to defeat Ellinbank and District.
West Gippsland also defeated Ellinbank and District, but a 15-point loss to North Gippsland in its second game proved costly.
Going head to head in the final game, West Gippsland at one stage moved ahead of Gippsland on percentage.
However, late goals to Gippsland’s Nic Bulmer and Burkeley Macfarlane ensured that while West Gippsland handed the Gippsland under 18 team its first loss in any competition since 2013, the five point final margin was not enough to claim the title.
West Gippsland’s Mitch Cammarano was voted player of the carnival by the umpires, with Cooper Hampton named the team’s player of the day.
Dylan Garnham, Cain Iorangi and Josh McNally were best for Gippsland, North Gippsland and Ellinbank and District respectively.
Spoils shared at 2018 Evans Petroleum Cup