April 2017 Sportstar nominees

May 10, 2017

At 15-years-old Echuca Moama Cycling Club’s Samual Eddy is already smashing his competition in the under 17s.

Eddy has enjoyed some of his best racing results this year and has made the podium of each race he competed in throughout the month of April.

Earlier this month, Eddy won the under-17 men’s time trial state title at the 2017 Victorian Junior Mountain Climb Championships at Mt Buffalo.

He went on to claim second in Alpe d’Buffalo and third in the road race at the same event against some of Victoria’s best mountain climbers – an impressive effort from the rider training around the flat plains of Echuca-Moama.

At the Central District Junior Tour in Barossa Valley later that month Eddy picked up another second place, this time overall, and was king of the mountain in each stage.

He went on to take out the team Victorian Club Team Road Championships in Bendigo with the under-17 state team his own ride giving the team a 30 second lead at the half-way mark.

His success saw him selected into the Regional Academy of Cycling Excellence (RACE) team which trains in Bendigo along with two other riders from Echuca-Moama to train alongside under-19, under-23 and elite cyclists.

Brothers Dylan, 25, and Corey Nexhip, 22, capitalised on their selection into the Victorian open mixed netball team at the start of the year to win gold at the 2017 Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Championships.

The open team won seven of its eight round-robin matches to progress through to the qualifying finals and downed Queensland for a second time to make it into the grand final match against New South Wales.

The week-long tournament was held on the Gold Coast and saw teams from each state competing for the national title.

Victoria defeated NSW 51-39 in the grand final in a dominating, whole-court performance with Corey taking on the role as goal attack and Dylan dominating in defence.

Both have had a strong involvement at the Tongala Football Netball Club and have each coached and umpired throughout their netball careers.

Dylan has coached Benalla A grade in the Goulburn Valley League and Tongala A grade in the Murray League, while Corey has been chosen to umpire several Murray League finals.

The pair has already conquered at a state level, having played in the 2016 premiership side for the Melbourne City Blackhawks in the Victorian M-League men’s division.

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