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District junior footballers and umpires to feature at cup

Twenty young footballers and umpires will be involved at this week's V/Line Cup.

GEORDIE COWAN April 7, 2014 3:34am

Echuca Junior Football Club players (from left) Darby Henderson, Izaac Johnson, Amos Farrell and Mitchell Kemp have been selected for Central Murray Storm.

A raft of junior footballers and umpires are in action at this week’s V/Line Cup.

Eleven district boys will represent Central Murray Storm at the event, alongside six girls in the Goulburn Murray Youth Teams and three umpires.

The cup is an elite under 15 championship for junior AFL Victoria Country players and umpires.

Games are played from yesterday to Wednesday in a round robin format with 38 matches scheduled for the tournament.

V/Line Umpire Academy head coach Alan Aylward, who is also Rochester-Echuca Football Umpires Association president, said it was an enormous workload for the umpires.

‘‘They will have to officiate probably a minimum of two games a day,’’ he said.

The umpires are all aged 16 or 17 and for most it will be the highest quality of football to have been involved in.

All three district field umpires selected — Daniel Van Tubbergh, Corvan Hall and Joshua Platt — are expected to run senior footy in the Heathcote and District Football League this year.

‘‘Hopefully it will lift their performances as well,’’ Aylward said.

‘‘Running with better young umpires from the 25 associations around Victoria, metro and country.’’

District representatives

Central Murray Storm: Amos Farrell, Darby Henderson, Izaac Johnson and Mitchell Kemp (Echuca); Coby McCarthy, Mitch Thompson and Cade Mueller (Kyabram); Jeremy Pain and Noah Wheeler (Moama); Bailey Cox (Tongala); and Flynn Appleby (Cohuna).

Goulburn Murray Youth Girls: coach David Pearson, Alyssa Clark, Sophie Douglas, Alyx Glanville, Rebecca Kennedy, Alana Long and Kelly Shotton (Echuca).

Umpires: head coach Alan Aylward, Corvan Hall, Joshua Platt and Daniel Van Tubbergh (REFUA).

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