Moama's junior footballer Todd Murphy kicked his 100th goal for the under 14s at the weekend.ERIN LYONS August 28, 2014 3:04am
To record 100 goals in one season is a difficult task for any AFL forward, but an even more complicated assignment for a footballer who is barely a teenager.
Moama’s Todd Murphy registered his 101st major on the weekend following an 11-goal haul.
While the outstanding performance against Deniliquin in the under 14s division saw the youngster reach the ‘ton’, he also claimed the goalkicking award in the Murray Football League under 14s competition — and somewhat considerably too.
The 13-year-old is the first MFL under 14s footballer to reach the milestone since Cobram’s Jake Hoolhan kicked 100 in 2008.
Murphy doubled the goal kicking efforts of almost all his fellow under 14s competitors to become the sixth footballer to reach the rare feat in the MFL under 14 competition history.
Echuca United’s Jake Martin (64), Barooga’s Riley Gow (47) and Finley’s Mathew Wilson (42) were the other leading goalkickers.
Murphy maintained an air of modesty when confronted about the milestone.
‘‘It was a really good feeling to finally get that 100th goal,’’ he said.
‘‘The boys were all really happy for me.’’
The young footballer said he would never have been able to reach the milestone without drive and constant support from his teammates.
‘‘They all ran up to me and hugged me and carried me off the ground,’’ he said.
‘‘They were looking for me all game.
‘‘They knew how close I was to the 100 and they tried really hard to feed me the ball.’’
Murphy, who only recorded 20 goals last season, said the extra 80 goals this year was unexpected.
The 11 goals at the weekend was his biggest haul for the year.
The St Joseph’s College year 8 student is the only footballer in the MFL to achieve this phenomenal feat this year — in only his second year of football.
‘‘I think I should get a trophy or something which is pretty cool,’’ Murphy said.
‘‘Since I don’t have many footy trophies just yet.’’
Murphy, who is playing as a top age footballer in the under 14s, will move up to the under 17s division next year.
The tall forward said he was looking forward to the challenge.
‘‘It will be very different, bigger bodies and harder,’’ he said.
‘‘But I should enjoy it, I think.’’
The Collingwood supporter said he valued the AFL’s leading goalkickers but had a particular soft spot for Fremantle midfielder, Nathan Fyfe.
‘‘I just like the way he goes about the game,’’ Murphy said.
‘‘Really just the style of football he plays.’’
Moama’s under 14s side has dominated the 2014 season and is yet to taste defeat.
Murphy will join his teammates in a semi-final clash against Cobram on Saturday at Memorial Park as the Pies aim to maintain their winning streak.
‘‘We have had a really good season so far,’’ Murphy said.
‘‘We beat Cobram fairly easily the last two times, so hopefully we should win.
‘‘We are hoping to make it pretty far.’’
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