Goulburn Valley products on the national stage

By Tyler Maher

A number of Goulburn Valley products are currently strutting their stuff on the national stage.

In Tasmania, Shepparton Strikers product Connor Holland and his Victorian side will play for a bronze medal today against close rival NSW after falling at the Under-18 Men Outdoor Championships.

Holland and the Vics fell at the semi-final hurdle yesterday to a spirited Queensland comeback after being 3-1 and 4-2 up at stages of the eventual 4-5 defeat.

Holland opened the scoring with a brilliant solo effort in the third minute of the contest, but his side will need to bounce back quickly for today’s clash from 9am at the Tasmania Hockey Centre.

Yesterday’s loss was the first of the tournament for Victoria after wins against South Australia (13-0), Tasmania (3-0), Northern Territory (7-0) and QLD (1-0) throughout the week to go with a 2-all draw against today’s adversary.

Holland has two goals for the week and was named player of the match against NT.

Across in South Australia the Australian Age Swimming Championships have begun, and a quartet of local swimmers are taking on the best in the business.

Shepparton Swimming Club products Darcie Guthrie, Harry Shortis, Will Leahy and Sascha Jones — who is coached by Barooga’s Liz Brooke — all qualified for the national event throughout the season.

Shortis had his first nationals swim yesterday in the 400m freestyle and was able to shake off some nerves ahead of his 200m freestyle event tomorrow.

Seasoned nationals campaigner Guthrie was in the pool twice yesterday, swimming a personal best time in both the 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke races.

Guthrie shaved .25sec from her 50m qualifying time to rank 31st in the country in the 16 years girls age group before taking a whopping 1.88 off of her breaststroke time to jump from a seeding of 31st to a ranking of 18th in the event.

She will return to the pool tomorrow for the 200m breaststroke and on Friday for the 200m individual medley.

Leahy will race today in the 100m breaststroke, while Jones is tackling the 50m freestyle today and the 100m backstroke tomorrow.