Youngest Saints keen to atone 2017 loss

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

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