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Carnival time for young footy stars – ALEX MITCHELL

THE Goulburn Campaspe Junior Football League’s juniors had a successful day of interleague action on Sunday in Rochester.

The under 12 side played three games and claimed second place on the day in the round robin format with the Shepparton District junior league taking top prize.

Goulburn Campaspe went down to the Shepparton side in its first game of the day, but rallied in its next two matches to post victories over both AFL Central Victoria sides.

Sam Edgar was named as the side’s best player for the day.

The under 13s had just the one match against the Shepparton District league as well, and showed their class throughout the game with a 15-goal win.

Coach Troy O’Brien said he’d been impressed by the clearly talented group of boys in the 16.16 (112) to 1.1 (7) win.

‘‘There’s definitely some talent there but the most impressive thing for me was the way they worked together,’’ he said.

Mitchell Dodos was named as best on ground for the game.

But the under 14 team had a difficult day against the Shepparton District side, losing the match by a comfortable margin.

Thorrol Collins, who coached the GCJFL under 14 side, said the Shepparton team had more experience playing together which made for a difficult contest.

‘‘We struggled, but we expected that a bit, the Shepparton side is like an academy team,’’ he said.

‘‘We struggled in the first half but we did outscore them in the third quarter, but the floodgates had already opened a fair bit.

‘‘We’d had just the two Sunday training sessions together and then a last minute Friday training, but the boys definitely tried as hard as they could.

‘‘I think it showed them an example of the level where the boys need to get to.’’

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