Scenes of joy as Myrtleford wins first AWFA senior men's league title since 2006

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: The lid is off at Myrtleford after the Savoys claimed their first AWFA senior men's league title since 2006 following a 16-0 win against Wodonga Heart.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: The lid is off at Myrtleford after the Savoys claimed their first AWFA senior men's league title since 2006 following a 16-0 win against Wodonga Heart.

Myrtleford are the 2017 AWFA senior men’s league champions.

A 16-0 win over Wodonga Heart, combined with a loss for Albury United against Boomers, allowed the Savoys to wrap up the league title in the penultimate round of the season.

Myrtleford co-coach Jayden Vescio said there was incredible buzz around the club once they knew it was official. 

“We finished a bit early and heard it was 1-1 (between Boomers and United) and we sort of didn’t know what to do,” Vescio said.

“We got a bit of news in that (Andrew) Grove had scored for Boomers and it was absolute scenes.

“There was grown men crying.

“There’s blokes that have been there for so many years that didn’t win anything, so it’s good to give back to them because they still come to watch us, week in, week out.”

It’s Vescio’s second league title after winning it as a 17-year-old in 2006 alongside current teammates Brenton Cook and Nathan Mirt.

“It was a bit hard to comprehend to now when you’re 29 and you win one later in your career,” he said.

“You sort of appreciate things more, especially being a coach as well.

“We said to ourselves after winning the cup final last year that we had to go one better and win the league.

“We looked at what Cobram did last year and they smashed the league, so you appreciate the league more.

“You can get lucky in a cup and win two games and you’re in a cup final.

“To finish on top with a game to spare and score 90-plus goals and concede only 20 is pretty special.”

What’s even more pleasing for Vescio is the spread of contributors the club has had throughout the season. 

“We’re not a one-man show,” he said.

“Three players I used to look at were Cade Webb, Mitch Jones and Paul Hayes from Albury United.

“They were dominant for so many years, they won cup finals, they won leagues and they were ruthless.

“I certainly learnt a lot from them because they did things the right way and now we’re starting to get a bit of success for sticking around.

“None of us left, we’ve stuck fat with Myrtleford and put the hard yards in and it’s good to get some reward later on in your career.”

In the remaining games, Boomers took care of Albury United 2-1, Wangaratta was held to a 1-1 draw by Twin City Wanderers, Albury City pinched a 2-1 victory over Albury Hotspurs, Melrose thrashed St Pats 10-0, while Cobram got past Wodonga Diamonds 5-2.

The ladder after round 21 is: Myrtleford 53, Cobram 47, Albury United 47, Wangaratta 41, Melrose 35, Boomers 35, Albury City 33, Albury Hotspurs 23, Twin City 22, Wodonga Diamonds 18, St Pats 10, Wodonga Heart 0.