Bridgette Furphy, Aidyn Johnson and Zac Welch are 2013 Sportstar nominees.By Geordie Cowan
Senior — Zac Welch
Echuca skier Zac Welch celebrated ‘‘by far the best’’ season of his career with a terrific haul at the Ski Racing Victoria presentation night in July.
The highlight of the night was when he was named Victorian male skier of the year, which is voted on by his peers, the ski racing community and board members.
The 26-year-old also won the highest point scorer of the year, as well as first places in unlimited inboard two-up, open men, under 30 men and 70mph expert as an observer.
Welch and The Mistress — his main team — also claimed the under 30 Victorian title, an Australian title behind Super Slak Racing and two South Australian titles with Elm Street.
Junior — Bridgette Furphy
Moama netballer Bridgette Furphy has enjoyed a stellar representative season, playing in the Victorian Netball League under 19 grand final with the Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels.
The team ultimately lost the final 48-38 to City West Falcons in what is the highest level of junior competition in the state.
The 16-year-old has also been a regular member of the Magpies’ A grade netball team, playing a key role in goal shooter as the team vies for a spot in the Murray Netball League finals.
It was an impressive development for the team after it missed the VNL under 19 finals series by just 0.01 per cent last year.
Junior — Aidyn Johnson
Moama footballer Aidyn Johnson experienced more than just a championship victory when he played with Victoria Country at the Under 16 National Championships in July.
Johnson, who now attends Scotch College in Melbourne, also learned a lot more about other aspects of high performance.
‘‘It was a real eye-opener to the standard of footy you’ve got to be playing to compete,’’ he said.
‘‘The boys and the coaches really taught me a lot.’’
The team won the competition in what was essentially a grand final against South Australia, winning by two points in a thrilling finale.
About 3000 people made their way to Tatura for a day of fun and fashion at yesterday's Italian Plate Festival race meet.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
Led by captain Mark Peterson and opening bowler Keith Chalmers, Echuca South earned a comfortable win against Cooma.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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