Talented footballers take on state’s best
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.
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