Savoys se­cure league ti­tle

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

MYRTLE­FORD has been crowned league cham­pi­ons after gain­ing an unas­sail­able lead at top of the AWFA ta­ble.

The Savoys thumped Wodonga Heart 16-0 on Sunday while Al­bury United’s ti­tle hopes ended with a 2-1 loss to Boomers.

The re­sults en­sured Myrtle­ford’s first league ti­tle since 2006 as they sit six points clear with one round to play.

“Win­ning a league is a dif­fer­ent feel­ing to a cup,” co-coach Jay­den Vescio said.

“I think when you win a league you ap­pre­ci­ate how much harder it is to do.

“We won the cup last year and will try and do it again but you can get lucky in the cup, you only have to win three games and you walk away with it.

“Good sides win cups but I think great sides win leagues and for us to have lost only two games for the year with one round to play is pretty re­mark­able.”

It was an anx­ious wait for the Myrtle­ford play­ers and sup­port­ers fol­low­ing Sunday’s game as they lis­tened for the re­sult of the Al­bury United and Boomers match.

When news came through of a late Andrew Grove goal it sparked cel­e­bra­tions.

“To win it at home in front of our sup­port­ers was pretty special,” Vescio said.

“They all knew this could be the week so they got down to the ground and were in our rooms wait­ing to hear the other re­sult.

“It was pretty crazy scenes when we got the news.”

The Savoys won their last league ti­tle in front of their home fans in 2006, a match Vescio, Bren­ton Cook and Nathan Mirt all played in.

Cook missed Sunday’s match with in­jury but Vescio took his place in goal while Mirt scored a hat trick.

Matt Park also grabbed a hat-trick while Na­gus Henry and Will Den­nis went one bet­ter each net­ting four times.

The other two scores camw courtesy of Tom La Spina and an own goal.

“We knew we had a special group and after last year’s cup win we set out to go one bet­ter and win the league,” Vescio said.

“We never planned to bring more play­ers in, it was all about back­ing the same squad.

“We’ve had guys take their game to new lev­els, oth­ers step up when they’ve needed to and we’ve also been able to back our young kids to play with free­dom.

“But I think the big thing is hav­ing mul­ti­ple guys that can win games, we don’t rely on any one player and that showed in the fact we’ve had five blokes score 10 or more goals for the sea­son.”

Myrtle­ford fin­ishes the reg­u­lar sea­son away to Boomers on Sunday.

CHAM­PI­ONS: Myrtle­ford’s se­nior men se­cured the league ti­tle on Sun­day ahead of the fi­nal round of the sea­son this week­end.

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