Three up-and-coming football stars were awarded grants recently to help them further their budding careers in the sport.
Chelton Orchard, 15, Regan Williams, 15, and Rory Wapling, 14, were each awarded a $200 grant from the Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust for playing their part in the recent V/Line Cup.
This year the V/Line Cup included two under-15 boys and an under-16 girls division, with more than 3000 participants.
The Cup was held in Traralgon this year, more than four hours drive from Benalla, to the south east of Melbourne.
Orchard and Williams played for the Murray Bushrangers in division one, while Wapling also played for the Bushies, but competed in the second division.
The four-day carnival was held from September 25 to 28.
The division one side lost both of its matches, while Wapling’s division two side won one and lost the other.
Orchard said it was a great learning experience to have gone to the carnival, even if results did not go the team’s way.
‘‘The Bendigo side was just really good, we didn’t even really compete with them,’’ Orchard said.
Wapling said it ‘‘was nice’’ to get a result away, and hoped he could make a step up into the top division next year.
‘‘I’m still only a younger one I guess, so it was nice to get a result and hopefully I’ll be playing with these boys soon,’’ he said.
Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust chairperson Bill Sykes said if you or someone you know may be eligible for funding from the trust, email [email protected] with the details.