McPherson takes home three titles
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.”