Cup makes

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BY TATE SPI­TERI

MYRTLE­FORD P-12 Col­lege has claimed the first McKee Rigoni Cup since 2007 af­ter an en­ter­tain­ing 11.6.72 to 5.5.35 win over Mar­ian Col­lege on Fri­day.

The match - named af­ter for­mer AFL play­ers Steve McKee and Guy Rigoni who grew up in Pore­punkah and Myrtle­ford re­spec­tively and at­tended the Mar­ian Col­lege and Myrtle­ford P12 - re­turned af­ter an 11-year hia­tus af­ter stu­dents from both schools pushed to play the match again.

The boys from Myrtle­ford P-12 got off to a fast start boot­ing four of the first five goals as ex­pe­ri­enced se­nior foot­baller Will Quirk and ruck­man Char­lie Crisp dom­i­nated in the cen­tre.

Mar­ian Col­lege cap­tain Bernie Ruaro took a con­tested mark and booted a long goal to cut the mar­gin back to 11 points late in the first half but a De­clan Bren ma­jor soon can­celled it out as the pub­lic school went to half time 18 points ahead.

Af­ter the break tal­ented soc­cer player Jack Mil­ford ig­nited the P-12 team with a great run­ning goal and his Mur­ray United team­mate Azia Fel­trin also kicked a ma­jor - a soc­cered ef­fort from the pocket.

Jack Woodall, who missed the foot­ball sea­son with a shoul­der in­jury, was a ben­e­fi­ciary of the game be­ing sched­uled later in the year, play­ing a star­ring role on the wing for Myrtle­ford P12.

The pacey bas­ket­baller kicked an up­lift­ing goal on the run and was flocked by team­mates as the game de­spite only be­ing early in the sec­ond half seemed won.

Dom Be­dendo then ex­tended the mar­gin out to 38 points with a skil­ful snap as P-12 threat­ened to make it an ugly score line.

To the credit of the Ma­rina Col­lege play­ers they fought back and stayed in the con­test right un­til the end in what was a hotly con­tested game played in front of a healthy num­ber of fel­low stu­dents and staff.

Ruaro was Mar­ian’s best with two goals.

FRIEND­SHIPS ASIDE: (left) Myrtle­ford un­der 16 team­mates Will McKer­ral (Mar­ian Col­lege) and Char­lie Crisp (P12) were on op­po­site sides in Fri­day’s match.

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