Savoys secure league title
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.