Junior champions crowned at carnival

Four junior football competitions have enjoyed success at this year’s Gippsland Junior Interleague Football Championships.

In conjunction with AFL Victoria, AFL Gippsland put on the three-day carnival in celebration of junior football across the region.

Following two days of round robin competition last week, the top two sides in each age group returned to Sale Recreation Reserve on Sunday to contest grand finals.

Southern Gippsland Football Competition was represented in three of the four grand finals and took out the under-12 decider by two points against the previously undefeated Warragul and District Junior Football League side.

Southern Gippsland’s Trevor Braid was best on ground in the 2.8 (20) to 2.6 (18) win.

The Gippsland Youth Girls Football League won the inaugural Youth Girls competition, defeating Southern Gippsland by 10 points.

Event organiser Len Spencer said the carnival was a resounding success, with the inaugural Youth Girls competition a highlight for all involved.

“It’s the first time we’ve had the Youth Girls involved and it was a fantastic learning experience for them,” Spencer said.

“The feedback was great and all the girls were saying they were ready to play another carnival as soon as possible.”

Lindenow Football Netball Club star Harold Hood led the Bairnsdale and District Junior Football Association to victory in the under-16 grand final, while Central Gippsland Junior Football League rounded out the day with an impressive win in the under-14 decider.