Englishman cleans up
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.