McPherson takes home three ti­tles

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

By JUSTIN JENVEY

A LO­CAL teenage mo­tocross rider has fin­ished the sea­son with three ti­tles from the four classes he con­tested across the state.

Blake McPherson (right) claimed 250cc and 125cc crowns in the North­ern Re­gions two week­ends ago af­ter a few weeks ear­lier se­cur­ing the a 250cc Ju­nior B grade Vic­to­rian Cham­pi­onship.

The 16 year-old col­lected his first Vic­to­rian ti­tle in a sea­son in which he rode all four rounds of the se­ries for the first time and also fin­ished sec­ond in the 125cc class.

McPherson’s two North­ern Re­gions ti­tles add to pre­vi­ous suc­cess he has had across mul­ti­ple ju­nior classes.

“I didn’t ex­pect to win (the Vic­to­rian Cham­pi­onships) and ended up win­ning the two rounds on the 250 and one on the 125,” he said.

“In the North­ern Re­gions I went back-to-back on the 250.”

McPherson wrapped up the 125cc ti­tle in the nine-round Norther Re­gions se­ries at the fi­nal race of the sea­son in Win­ton where he only needed to fin­ish.

The Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege year 10 stu­dent had hoped to com­pete in the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Mo­tocross Na­tion­als in Tas­ma­nia at the start of Oc­to­ber but now won’t.

Af­ter de­cid­ing to miss the event in what is his last year in ju­nior ranks McPherson en­tered the iconic Hat­tah Desert Race in early July.

He qual­i­fied 23rd and com­pleted the course in 41st place out of 206 ju­nior rid­ers in a lit­tle over two hours and 20 min­utes.

“It was a bit dif­fer­ent rid­ing loops that took about 23 or 24 min­utes to do as well as hav­ing to fuel up ever sec­ond lap be­fore go­ing again,” McPherson said.

“It wasn’t some­thing I’m used to be­cause you gear the bike to go a lot faster at speeds of 130-140kph rather than a top speed of just 6070kph like you do in mo­tocross.”

MYRTLE­FORD has claimed a num­ber of top prizes at Mon­day night’s Mor­ris Medal count in Al­bury.

Co-cap­tain Matt Dussin fin­ish­ing was run­ner up in the main count while young­ster Darcy Chellew and vet­eran Brid­get Flint-Chap­man won the Rising Star Award and B grade net­ball best and fairest re­spec­tively.

Dussin (20 votes) fin­ished sec­ond to Wodonga Raiders jet Brodie Filo (25) and was the only player from a bot­tom five club to fin­ish inside the top 10.

The big-man polled in 10 dif­fer­ent games and was judged best on ground in three of the Saints’ four wins, polling two in the other.

Dussin also grabbed top votes for his per­for­mance in the round 18 loss to Wodonga.

Re­mark­ably, in every game Myrtle­ford fin­ished within 42 points of their op­po­nent, Dussin polled.

One of the star ruck­man’s youngest team­mates, Chellew, re­ceived the Rising Star Award ahead of an­other Saint Will Quirk, Al­bury’s Rhys King, Yar­ra­wonga’s Matt Casey and Roo Jed Grif­fin.

Chellew played every game in his de­but sea­son start­ing on a wing be­fore mov­ing to de­fence late in the year to nul­lify pacey for­wards such as Wangaratta’s Joe Richards.

Chellew was named in the Saints’ best play­ers on six oc­ca­sions in­clud­ing best afield honours in rounds three and four.

An­other star Saint at the later stages of her ca­reer, Flint-Chap­man un­der­lined a stun­ning re­turn to net­ball by tak­ing out the top B grade prize.

Flint-Chap­man who said it was an hon­our to win the award re­turned from a 13-month lay­off following a knee re­con­struc­tion last year.

“As soon as I did my knee at 37 there was no chance I was re­tir­ing, I com­pletely changed my out­look on my fit­ness and I have come back stronger and fit­ter,” she said.

“I want to thank my amaz­ing physio team to get me through and my hus­band Luke who had the kids every week­end and every Tues­day and Thurs­day night, he let me out of the house which can be re­ally dif­fi­cult as a mum.”

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