Tal­ented foot­ballers take on state’s best

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MYRTLE­FORD is well known for punch­ing above its weight on the soc­cer pitch and that’s ex­actly what a group of stu­dents from Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege will be out to do to­day.

The school’s se­nior soc­cer team trav­elled to Mel­bourne last night and will to­day take part in the State Foot­ball Fi­nals at the Dare­bin In­ter­na­tional Sports Cen­tre.

They will meet Bendigo Se­nior Sec­ondary Col­lege, Roxburgh Col­lege and Strath­more with the win­ner of their pool ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal to be played later in the day against an East­ern Metropoli­tan school.

The squad Myrtle­ford P12 squad is made up of a mix of round ball spe­cial­ists and Aus­tralian Rules foot­baller play­ers.

Cap­tain Sam Peroni said those such as their striker Will Quirk and winger Jack Woodall have adapted well to a soc­cer ball from the oval ball they are used to.

“Will pro­vides us with a dan­ger­ous weapon up top due to his speed and ath­leti­cism, his height also gives us a great scor­ing op­tion from the set piece,” he said.

The team is spoiled for choices from the dead ball with Fletcher Caponec­chia, Jack Mil­ford and Azia Fel­trin all tal­ented soc­cer play­ers.

The trio have all ap­peared in the se­nior line-up of the re­gion’s high­est team, Mur- ray United, in re­cent times, with Caponec­chia a reg­u­lar in 2018.

Myrtle­ford Savoy util­ity Tom La Spina is also a mem­ber of the P12 team that eas­ily ad­vanced through the early stages of the tour­na­ment in Wodonga and Shep­par­ton.

Peroni said the school took great pride in qual­i­fy­ing for state events such as this one.

“Com­ing from a small school the boys are al­ways keen to keep win­ning in tour­na­ments like th­ese ones and it’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to travel away to­gether and en­joy play­ing soc­cer with our mates,” he said.

Myrtle­ford’s first match kicks off at 10.20am to­day.

PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

DREAM TEAM: (back from left) Will Quirk, Fletcher Caponec­chia, Tom Laspina, (front) Azia Fel­trin, Jack Woodall, Jack Mil­ford and Con­nor Dale will rep­re­sent Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege on the soc­cer field in Mel­bourne to­day. BY TATE SPI­TERI

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