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.’’
In the MFL senior competition, Moama’s Tyler Jones won the Les Mogg goalkicking award after booting 90 goals for the season.
A DVD about the experience of Indigenous people who settled on the river flats between Mooroopna and Shepparton from 1939 will be screened on Monday.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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