THERE is plenty of movement in GVL footy ranks at the moment with Tatura continuing to boost its ranks for the 2018 season.
The Bulldogs’ latest signing is emerging Shepparton midfield star Matt Shannon who missed this season’s grand final against Kyabram through injury.
Shannon joins other star recruits including goalkicking Seymour ruckman Brandyn Grenfell.
Shannon’s departure from Shepparton is a blow for the Bears who are still frantically searching for a coach to replace Brad Campbell.
While Shannon is on the move the Bears aren’t losing Ted Lindon.
Lindon has resigned his post with AFL Goulburn Murray where he was responsible for the running of the Kyabram District Football League and is returning to live in Melbourne. But has made a commitment to return at weekends to play with the Bears.
His replacement at AFL Goulburn Murray is Sharon O’Dwyer who has been working part-time setting up the Northern Country Women’s Football League.
And there is more bad news at Rochester with genuine stars in Steven Stroobants and Nathan Marrone possibly on the move.
Stroobants has landed a development role with North Melbourne and is expected to play with that club’s new VFL side while Marrone, who represented the GVL with distinction this season, has courted interest from three VFL clubs and has been training with Essendon.
Benalla is another GVL club suffering a major loss with star forward Jarrod Bannister returning to play in Melbourne.
Bannister made a huge impression early this season — his first with the club — with several bags of goals but injury curtailed his goalkicking exploits in the second half of the season.
The Saints are also losing Jayden Guppy to All Blacks while 2015 premiership player Jake Pallpratt, who has missed the last two seasons after complications after knee surgery, has secured work in Bendigo and is to resurrect his career with the Sandhurst Football Club.
KYABRAM District Football League’s representative side has a long trip ahead of it next season to compete in the Victorian Community Championships.
The Kyabram League is heading to western Victoria to meet the Colac and District League.
The Murray League side is also in for a long haul for its game, heading to south east Victoria to meet a Gippsland League side.
The GVL is listed to play its game against the Ballarat League as a curtain raiser to the Essendon Geelong game on May 19 at the MCG but this has not yet been officially confirmed.
The Heathcote District Football League also hits the road for its interleague clash against the Geelong and District Football League next year.
McCann named in state cricket squad
GOULBURN Murray Cricket has produced one player to represent Victoria at the National Country Cricket Championships early next year.
Moama’s Layton McCann has been named in the Victorian squad to contest the carnival in Geraldton, Western Australia, from January 3-14.
A three times premiership player with Central Park-St Brendan’s club in the Cricket Shepparton competition, McCann returned to his former club Moama this season and is enjoying a stellar season. A frontline batsman he has already accumulated 463 runs at the Bradman-like average of 92.6.
The only other Northern Rivers player in the Victorian squad is Bendigo’s Cam Taylor.
A REMINDER that new Kyabram Football Club thirds coach Glenn Hart would like to see all aspiring thirds players and their parents/guardians attend a briefing from 6pm tonight at the Kyabram Wilf Cox Complex.
Hart will be outlining his expectations for the 2018 season and wants any players who intend to have a try-out for the team next season to attend.
Sprockets produces a win
KYABRAM hobby harness racing trainer Willy Cole produced pacer Sprockets for a first-up win at last week’s Echuca meeting after a freshen up.
Sprockets, raced by Cole and his partner Belinda Johnstone, had not stepped out since September 21 when he finished fourth at Shepparton after top five finishes out of six starts leading into the Echuca race.
Sprockets is lightly raced with just the 16 race starts which have now produced two wins and two minor placings.
Another win at the Echuca meeting which had a Kyabram flavour was achieved by pacer Winkanditsover for Shepparton trainer Steve Duffy and his reinsman son, Ryan.
Owned by Kyabram sporting personalities Peter Hall, Rob Whitford, Tony Hansen and John Lilford, Winkanditsover was having his first start for Steve Duffy after an unsuccessful South Australian campaign.
But the money was there to say the six-year-old son of Passmaster Hanover could win the race, being supported into odds-on favouritism.
And punters who put their money where their mouth was certainly had some stressful moments early with Winkanditsover going off stride early but then recovering to get up and score a miraculous win.
Saad’s heading to Central Murray Football Club
THE off-and-on again playing career of Seymour Football Club goalkicking legend Saad Saad has taken another twist.
Reported to be joining former Seymour premiership teammate Peter Scanlon at the Pines Football Club in the Peninsula League next season, Saad has now announced he is heading to the Central Murray Football Club, the Lalbert based Mallee Eagles.
The reason for this move is that nephews Zak and Walid play with the Mallee Eagles.