Red, white and proud

July 12, 2018 11:42 am Published by Comments Off on Red, white and proud

The AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League’s under-18 representative football team took it up to the best of the region at Wednesday’s Evans Petroleum Cup at Yinnar.

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.

Both sides went into the game with an attacking mindset and on a day when conditions were hardly conducive to flowing football, the approach resulted in the highest scoring game of the day.

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.




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



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



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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