English­man cleans up

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

BY TATE SPI­TERI

JUST days be­fore achiev­ing ul­ti­mate team suc­cess Myrtle­ford’s star im­port Tommy Youngs be­came the third Savoy player in as many sea­sons to win the AWFA’s high­est in­di­vid­ual hon­our.

Youngs who ar­rived in time for the round four clash with Wodonga Di­a­monds on April 15, claimed the AWFA Star Player and Golden Boot awards last Mon­day night.

The lightly-built winger polled 27 votes to fin­ish three ahead of his in­el­i­gi­ble team­mate Jesse Stephens and the also in­el­i­gi­ble Caleb Martin from Al­bury United.

Al­bury City young­ster Thorne Maw was the next player able to win the award, five adrift with 22 votes.

Amaz­ingly, Youngs polled enough votes to claim the league’s top prize from the fi­nal eight matches when he polled 23 of a pos­si­ble 24 votes.

The English­man also booted 20 goals in that pe­riod in­clud­ing a hat-trick in front of a big crowd at Wangaratta in the league de­cid­ing derby.

Records may have been bro­ken if Youngs’ avail­abil­ity was greater with the mae­stro miss­ing seven games due to his late start and a bro­ken arm in the La Fiera Cup.

On Sun­day he added a cup ti­tle to this year’s league cham­pi­onship while scor­ing the sec­ond of Myrtle­ford’s two goals.

Stephens summed it up best stat­ing that Youngs was sim­ply “too good for the league” while co-coach and long-serv­ing Savoy, Jay­den Vescio, de­clared him the clubs best ever im­port.

Youngs’ star player vic­tory made it three con­sec­u­tive Myrtle­ford re­cip­i­ents with Will Den­nis claim­ing last sea­son’s gong following Matthew Park in 2016.

Nathan Mirt is a two-time star player be­ing crowned the league’s best in 2007 and 2009.

It’s not an­tic­i­pated Youngs will re­turn in 2019 but the 24-year-old has of­ten spo­ken about how much he has en­joyed his time at Myrtle­ford.

“Myrtle­ford has ob­vi­ously done great things for me and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it,” he said.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful place and coun­try and I have re­ally en­joyed my time here, Myrtle­ford has fully backed me in every way pos­si­ble and it’s been a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.” Park gives Myrtle­ford a twogoal ad­van­tage again af­ter Youngs pounces on a slip-up from Pat­ten and squares the ball up to his coach. Score 3-1. Park’s turn­ing shot and chance at a hat-trick is saved. Adam Grif­fith’s chip beats Vescio but goes wide. Af­ter a ter­rific drib­bling ef­fort Youngs is de­nied by a good Os­moth­erly save. Grove per­fectly ex­e­cutes a pass to No­ordeweir in the box, but he can’t con­trol it. Nathan Mirt is brought on for Daniel Kioses. Park nar­rowly misses from close range. Vescio makes the save of the game af­ter Paglia’s header al­most ends up in his own net. Myrtle­ford’s sec­ond sub­sti­tu­tion sees Will Keenan come on for Pa­trick Si­bo­mana. Vescio makes con­sec­u­tive saves and turns to Myrtle­ford sup­port­ers to make some noise with the Savoys home.

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