Melrose Primary School claims league tag state championship in thriller

MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT: Wodonga's Melrose Primary School are the league tag state champions despite only taking up the sport three years ago. They defeated Oakleigh South 1-0 in a thrilling grand final.

MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT: Wodonga's Melrose Primary School are the league tag state champions despite only taking up the sport three years ago. They defeated Oakleigh South 1-0 in a thrilling grand final.

Melrose Primary School’s league tag team are the Border’s latest state champions.

The side made up of students in years 5 and 6 were crowned Victoria’s best this week after winning the gala day state final.

What makes the story even more incredible is the fact the team only took up the sport three years ago.

Melrose claimed the final with a hard-fought 1-0 victory after two periods of extra time against Oakleigh South.

A champion couldn’t be decided, forcing a drop off where a player from both sides left the field every two minutes until one scored.

Down to five players each, Destiny Dodd found a gap with a great run to score the match-winner.

The school paid tribute to Dean Whymark for his commitment, coaching and advice over the past four years. 

Team: Mackenzie Blunden, Lilly Callaghan, Tayla Callaghan, Destiny Dodd, Rain Dodd, Amity Ferguson, Jorja Lewko, Paige Nicholls-Bridgman, Charlotte Serrano, Jayde St John, Lucy Warhurst, Sally Dodd (coach).