By Dillon Shelley
THE Australian Football Skools’ (AFS) Shepparton Cup, Victoria’s pinnacle of junior football, once again dazzled the region with its grand showcase of sportsmanship, skill, and camaraderie during its recent event. The tournament, held at the state-of-the-art Shepparton Sports City and Mooroopna Reserve, drew an impressive 10,000 people to the region and saw a staggering 3500 players from 225 teams compete in over 550 games.
Teams from as far as Tasmania, Cairns, and even New Zealand, vied in the coveted Cup. “The 2023 Cup’s return to Shepparton symbolises resilience, community, and football’s enduring spirit. It’s exciting to reignite dreams and celebrate the sport’s essence,” said AFS Director Rolando Navas.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Councillor Shane Sali, echoed Navas’ sentiments, highlighting the economic and community benefit the event brings. “To receive the event once more allows us to continue the tradition of hosting high profile sporting events. Local businesses welcomed visitors, with these types of events being the perfect occasion to support local jobs whilst keeping the economy strong,” he said.
The event was more than just a tournament, it was a celebration that conservatively brought an estimated $3m to the region. Local businesses welcomed the influx of visitors, supporting local jobs and strengthening the economy. Cr Sali welcomed all junior players, their families, friends, and supporters, encouraging attendees to immerse themselves in the very best the region has to offer.