A large number of the region’s risings stars have been recognised for their stellar V/Line Cup campaigns at the recent championships.
Across two boys’ teams and a female side AFL Goulburn Murray can lay claim to 11 footballers and one umpire in their respective teams of the carnival representative squads.
Finley’s Ben Ashley-Cooper, Shepparton Swans’ Will Dwyer and Numurkah’s Josh O’Dwyer were all included in the division one under-15 boys’ team of the carnival after the side managed one win from two matches, while Goulburn Valley Football Umpires Association member Sam Green was named on the boundary in the umpire team of the tournament.
The playing trio was also named Goulburn Murray’s best three players for the competition at its conclusion after dominating large patches of both matches.
In division two, Mooroopna pair Nathan Basile and Tom Brown joined Matthew Collard (St Mary’s) and Kyabram’s Wez Hill (Bendigo Pioneers) in garnering recognition for their efforts on the field, with the boys also winning one of two fixtures in Latrobe City.
As with division one, these three players were Goulburn Murray’s best of the best.
The Goulburn Murray under-16 girls did not manage to engineer a victory at the tournament, but Kate Adams (Shepparton United) and Euroa duo Georgia Gall and Aurora Smith were still among the better players of the week.
Echuca player Sharmaine Reilly also made the team of the carnival after two great showings for the Bendigo Pioneers.
Adams and Gall were the two best Goulburn Murray girls throughout the two games.