Youngest Saints keen to atone 2017 loss
STANDOUT: Ashton McPherson has put together a sensational season for Myrtleford’s under 12s.
MYRTLEFORD’s under 12s will look to go one better than a year ago when they play in their third straight grand final on Saturday.
After a 30-point loss to Wang Tigers in last year’s decider the youngest Saints will be out to claim their second premiership in three seasons when they met Junior Magpies at the WJ Findlay Oval on Saturday.
Co-captains Ashton McPherson and Lachie Miotto, who were both among the Saints’ best as bottom age players the 2017 decider, shape as key players for the team.
Myrtleford has lost just one game in the under 12s this season which was by seven points against their grand final opponent in round 15.
When the two met earlier in the year the Saints were winners by 29 points.
Coach Rob Miotto is excited for his charges who he said have improved their play as the season has gone on.
“We have team rules about keeping the forward line open and they are all starting to learn a lot and play good football,” he said.
“It can be hard to keep them all motivated especially with the backline sometimes not seeing the ball, but I have changed the forward and backs to get everyone involved as part of the team.”
Miotto said the group were always keen to improve, jumping at the chance to increase training to two nights a week this season.
“They have been a great bunch of kids and they have all come a long way, the kids want to train more and more,” he said.
The Saints who won the minor premiership, advanced straight to the grand final a fortnight ago with an 18-point win over Wang College.
College got off to a great start kicking two goals to none in the opening term but Myrtleford responded by keeping them scoreless for the rest of the game.
There was no rest for the youngsters last weekend with a training session held at McNamara Reserve on Saturday.
“They are just so pumped, they wanted to play a practice match, but we settled for training…all the boys are keen as mustard,” Miotto said.
The under 12s grand final, the first match of the day, will commence at 10.30am.