Coach Nick Turnbull had limited time to assemble and prepare a squad for the carnival but the side that wore the red and white jumper on the day did so with endeavour and pride in equal measure.
It was a tough start to the day, with an opening round game against the always powerful Gippsland League, but the boys acquitted themselves admirably with the final margin of 20 points not a perfect reflection of the competitiveness of the game.
Brandon McAuliffe, Cain Iorangi and Harley Hoppner caught the eye, with Cain and Jack Lynch hitting the scoreboard to give Gippsland something to think about.
Next up was West Gippsland, which had recorded a convincing win against Ellinbank and District in its first game.
Scores were locked on 3.2 (20) apiece at half-time, but five goals from Cain proved the difference, with the Churchill forward playing a crucial role in the 15-point win.
Dustin Weir and Ryan Lowrie were other standouts, finishing with a goal each, while Jack Caile grabbed the other goal.
That left Ellinbank and District as the final opponent of the day and unfortunately they ran out the game stronger to win by six points.
Tom Mann, Brandon McAuliffe and Dustin Weir were among the better performers.
Iorangi finished the day with eight goals from three games and was deservedly named North Gippsland’s Player of the Carnival.
Overall, it was a terrific performance and coach Nick Turnbull praised the players for the way they conducted themselves throughout the representative football program.
“It was a fantastic effort by the whole squad and support staff. Everyone involved did the NGFNL and their clubs proud,” Turnbull said.
The league would also like to thank Nick and his support staff for their contribution and efforts on the day.
GAME 1: GIPPSLAND LEAGUE v. NORTH GIPPSLAND FL
Gippsland League 3.3, 5.5 (35)
North Gippsland FL 1.1, 2.3 (15)
GOALS, Gippsland League: Jacob Van Iwaarden 2, Jacob Lamers 1, Dylan Garnham 1, Nicholas Bulmer 1
North Gippsland FL: Jack Lynch 1, Cain Iorangi 1
BEST, Gippsland League: Dylan Garnham, Nicholas Bulmer, Joshua Galea, Joseph Ziino, Kade Marsh, Jackson Smith
North Gippsland FL: Brandon McAuliffe, Cain Iorangi, Harley Hoppner, Ari Fleming, Ethan Powell, Thomas Mann
GAME 2: WEST GIPPSLAND v. NORTH GIPPSLAND FL
North Gippsland FL 3.2, 3.2, 8.3, 8.3 (51)
West Gippsland 3.2, 3.2, 5.6, 5.6 (36)
GOALS, North Gippsland FL: Cain Iorangi 5, Ryan Lowrie 1, Jack Caile 1, Dustin Weir 1
West Gippsland: Cooper Hampton 3, Luke Hartley 1, Joseph Verleg 1
BEST, North Gippsland FL: Cain Iorangi, Dustin Weir, Ryan Lowrie, Brandon McAuliffe, Harley Hoppner, Jake McFarland
West Gippsland: Cooper Hampton, Luke Hartley, Joel Motta, Thomas Glassborow, Brayden Weller, Chase Blackwood
GAME 3: NORTH GIPPSLAND FL v. ELLINBANK
Ellinbank 1.3, 1.3, 4.7, 4.7 (31)
North Gippsland FL 2.1, 2.1, 4.1, 4.1 (25)
GOALS, Ellinbank: Liam Adams 2, William Robertson 2
North Gippsland FL: Dustin Weir 2, Cain Iorangi 2
BEST, Ellinbank: Joshua McNally, Jonah Serong, William Robertson, Jai Newcombe, Liam Adams, Rhys George
North Gippsland FL: Thomas Mann, Brandon McAuliffe, Dustin Weir, Cain Iorangi, Harley Hoppner, Braydon Catlin
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This post was written by Michelle Kyle