WARRNAMBOOL Rangers are this week celebrating two Ballarat and District Soccer Association league titles.
The Rangers’ reserves and under 15 sides have wrapped up top spot with one round remaining in the home-and-away season.
The reserves defeated Sebastopol 4-1 in the division two competition on Sunday, with Eli Slater grabbing a brace.
They have 42 points, four more than second-placed Ballarat.
The under 15s beat Vic Park 5-0 to remain undefeated.
They have 51 points, six more than second-placed Ballarat, courtesy of netting 150 goals and conceding just 10.
The top-of-the-table finishes earn the sides league titles, which they can cap off with a championship when finals begin in a fortnight.
Reserves coach Nick van Rooy said the side featured about half a dozen players still eligble to play under 17s.
Striker Eli Slater, who has 19 goals to his name this season, headlines the list of teens who have stepped up.
“The twos, I wasn’t sure how we were going to go this year,” van Rooy said.
“It was mainly to give the extra numbers a kick. It’s turned into a pretty good team.
“We’ve had numbers in and out all year with no consistency with regards to some players.
“But we’ve managed to surprise everyone and be the most consistent team.”
Under 15s coach Phil Burns said he was stunned with how well his young side had united this season.
The teens also claimed the league title in 2012 but ultimately lost the grand final.
Luke Bennett has hit 30 goals this season, Tom Cowling has scored 20 and Isaac Slater has grabbed 13.
Burns said he held the league title in as high regard as winning the championship.
“Grand finals are nice to play in but to me, consistency from week to week is important,” he said.
“The grand final series is a real Aussie thing.” Burns said his players had been “awesome” during the 2013 season.
“We just play together really well,” he said.
“I have a philosophy of passing and moving the ball, letting the ball do the work.
“These guys listen. They’ve been putting that into practice.”
In other matches from the weekend, the Rangers’ seniors defeated Sebastopol 3-1.
James Coghlan-West handed the side a 1-0 lead at half-time before Viking Daniel Aggett equalised after the interval.
But Nick van Rooy converted a penalty and Martin van Rooy headed in a free kick to secure the points.
They can wrap up the league title with a win or draw against Vic Park on Sunday.
The women suffered a 3-1 defeat to North United Black and remain third with one round to go.
The under 13s lost to Vic Park 9-2.