Gippsland youth steps up



Gippsland’s next crop of promising junior footballers took centre stage at Morwell Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The under 14 All Stars squad, chosen from last month’s Gippsland Junior Football Interleague Championships, was broken into two teams for the annual Combined Leagues clash. Eight players were selected from each of the Alberton, Bairnsdale-Omeo and District, Warragul and District, Central Gippsland, Sale and District and Traralgon and District junior football leagues.

The side made up of players from Alberton, Bairnsdale-Omeo and District and Warragul and District won the day by about four goals. Foster and Alberton JFL star Xavier Duursma was named best-on-ground by the umpires.

The game was played as a curtain raiser to Gippsland Power’s TAC Cup clash with Northern Knights.

AFL Gippsland football development manager Rob Reid, who is also the Power’s under 16 coach, said the game was an excellent concept.

”It was a pretty good standard and it gave the guys a chance to play in a curtain raiser and they got to listen to Power coach Leigh Brown as well,” Reid said.

”It’s more than just a game to finish the carnival, it’s another opportunity play at a higher level.” All 48 players will be invited to try out for Gippsland Power’s under 15 team for next year.