Border team dominates, claims title

Albury’s Jake Bradshaw and Benalla’s Warwick Crawford battle for the ball during their under-14 clash. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Albury’s Jake Bradshaw and Benalla’s Warwick Crawford battle for the ball during their under-14 clash. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

ALBURY-Wodonga took out the under-16 division of the annual North East-Border junior carnival for the third time in five years when it won back-to-back titles on Sunday.

The squad, coached by Steve Murphy, won all three of its round-robin matches to clinch victory over Seymour and the Tallangatta league.

Points were handed out for winning halves and matches, with the AWJFL claiming 19 of a possible 21 points on offer across their three games.

Murphy said Sunday’s squad was easily the best representative team he had coached.

“Without a doubt,” Murphy said.

Albury forward Billy Robertson was named player of the tournament, with Yarrawonga’s Damon Hemphill, Lavington’s Brandon Thomas and Corowa’s Will Robinson also impressing.

George Haynes (Wodonga) and Ryan Lavery (Lavington) stood out in defence.

The AWJFL was also successful in the under-14 division.

Albury-Wodonga dominated that section, entering two teams that faced off in the grand final.

Albury Red 4.6 (30) defeated Albury Black 1.1 (7) in the decider.

Despite Albury-Wodonga’s dominance, it was Wangaratta Blue’s Fraser Ellis who took out player of the carnival honours.

The other highlight of the day was the exhibition youth girls’ game.

Wangaratta ran out convincing 32-point winners over Wodonga Raiders.

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