Ju­niors ex­cel at car­ni­val

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

Be­nalla ju­nior foot­ballers Lach­lan Boyle, Nathan Davies and Bode Stevens re­cently rep­re­sented AFL North East Bor­der in the un­der-15 V/Line Cup cham­pi­onships.

The boys com­peted against re­gional ju­nior play­ers from across the state in the four-day car­ni­val, which was held across La­trobe City coun­cil.

All three boys re­ceived $200 from the Be­nalla Young Sportsper­son Trust to help with the cost of com­pet­ing.

Bode was named in the di­vi­sion one side, while Nathan and Lach­lan lined up for di­vi­sion two.

Di­vi­sion one took out their first game of the car­ni­val against Bendigo Pi­o­neers 8.8 (56) to 3.2 (20), with Bode named one of the best play­ers in the clash.

How­ever, di­vi­sion two did not have the same luck, go­ing down by 28 points to Bendigo.

In the sec­ond game, the di­vi­sion one team de­feated Gipp­s­land Power, with Bode again named among the best.

While in di­vi­sion two, the North East side nar­rowly se­cured the win, de­feat­ing Gipp­s­land point.

They were also joined by Be­nalla girls Is­abella Symes, Larissa Thomas, Madi­son Gray, Cas­sidy Mailer and Kee­ley Skep­per, who was named vice­cap­tain of the NEB La Trobe Univer­sity Bushrangers un­der-16s girls side.

The North East girls won their first game in the car­ni­val against Gipp­s­land Power con­vinc­ingly, 12.9 (81) to 0.1 (1).

Madi­son and Kee­ley both kicked two goals for the day, with Kee­ley also named in the best.

The girls also took out their sec­ond game against the South­ern Stingray’s, with Kee­ley awarded best on ground, fol­lowed by lo­cal team­mates Is­abella and Cas­sidy.

Is­abella’s dad Da­mon said he was proud to see his daugh­ter play in the car­ni­val.

‘‘Girls footy is re­ally tak­ing off, which is great to see,’’ he said.

The V/Line Cup car­ni­val is used as a step­ping stone for the TAC Cup and TAC Cup Girls com­pe­ti­tions. Power by one

Su­per ef­fort: Be­nalla's Lach­lan Boyle, Nathan Davies and Bode Stevens with Be­nalla Young Sportsper­sons Trustee Dar­ren Skel­ton.

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