The Mallee Football League pay tribute to Joel Loechel, who died in a serious crash at Murray Bridge

The Mallee Football League (MFL) have paid tribute to fallen player Joel Loechel, the 21-year-old from Coomandook who tragically died in a serious accident on the Swanport Bridge yesterday afternoon, July 12.

Joel spent the majority of his junior football career with the Peake and Districts Football Club before spending two years with the Karoonda Districts Football Club.

In 2012, Joel was awarded the Murdoch Medal while playing Under 16’s.

MFL Secretary Lou Boughen said the league was deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

“Our thoughts are with Andrea and Trevor Pope and his extended families and friends,” he said.