Park, Vescio locked in

Myrtleford Times - - Sports -

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 myrtle­ford­bowls@gmail.com or call 5752 1204 or 0411 201 419.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

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.

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