Park, Vescio locked in
MYRTLEFORD Savoy’s golden era is set to enter another year under the leadership of co-coaches Matthew Park and Jayden Vescio with the pair committing for a fourth season at the helm.
The duo, who are both 30, have hardly missed a beat during their tenure with three consecutive cup victories and two league titles in a row to go with a massive 80 per cent winning percentage.
The 55-3-11 ledger also includes a massive goal difference of 145 with 249 goals scored and just 74 conceded.
Park and Vescio, along with captain Brenton Cook, the likes of Jesse Stephens and a number of top imports across the past three years have been important in their recent run of success but it is player development under Park and Vescio that has seen the Savoys soar.
The mentors have helped transform Vinnie Paglia and Raul Pahina into two of the league’s best defenders while Patrick Sibomana has blossomed since crossing to Myrtleford from traditional battlers, Wodonga Heart.
Angus Kelly (21), Connor Caponecchia (19), Daniel Kioses (19) and Troy Pawlik (19) are also an extremely talented quartet set to thrive under the stability of the Savoys.
Park who believes re-com- mitting to the club was simply a formality, said the youth at Myrtleford was a scary proposition for other clubs.
“We have probably the best kids in the league and we hope that they are only going to get better,” he said.
“Looking ahead to the next five to 10 years they will continue to come up and they will also have the experience of playing in these big games.
“This year was Jesse’s fifth cup final win and he is only 25, Vinnie has played in four and won three at 19, it’s actually scary to be honest.
“The kind of commitment that we have from our boys is the main reason for our success, we work so hard to stay at a certain level.”
Park and Vescio, who were the team’s best two performers in the cup final with the former scoring two goals and Vescio being named man of the match, are also set to continue on playing.
DURING October, Myrtleford Bowls Club is opening its greens to the community to encourage those young and old to try the sport.
Bowls Month is a participation initiate promoted by Bowls Victoria that sees bowls facilities around the state offer various events to encourage participation in sport and grow the game.
Over the past two years, regular bowls participation has increased at an average of 3.6 per cent per year.
Myrtleford Bowls Club vice president Ian Rawlings said bowls was social, open to all abilities and inexpensive to play.
“Participation initiatives are vital for the growth of bowls to attract new blood to our club,” he said.
“Bowls Month is a great opportunity for the community to connect with our club, meet new people and be introduced to the game.
“New flexible formats for social bowls have also had a strong impact on the age structure of bowls participants.”
Mr Rawlings said with 92 per cent of teenagers not receiving the recommended one hour of daily physical activity, they were encouraged to get a group of friends together and “go for a roll”.
Myrtleford Bowls Club will also be looking to engage with existing bowlers and to grow their social community bowls competition this month.
People can head down to Myrtleford Bowls Club on Thursday, October 25 to try their hand and join in the fun.
Barefoot Bowls will also start on November 6 at 7.30pm with a $10 registration.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5752 1204 or 0411 201 419.
STAYING PUT: Title winning coaches Matthew Park and Jayden Vescio have enjoyed a dominant three year stint leading Myrtleford in the AWFA senior men’s competition.