THE GVL gets its chance this Saturday to arrest its slide in standings in country football when it takes on the Ballarat League at the MCG in the community round of interleague games.
The GVL team will be announced tonight after a final training session at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton, with several Kyabram players in line for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play on one of the world’s most famous sporting arenas.
Selectors added Bombers Patrick Wearden and Tom Holman to the GVL squad, which has trained at Seymour under coach Luke Morgan on the last two Wednesday nights.
Wearden and Holman were late inclusions in the squad joining teammates Lachie Smith, Mick Mattingly, Kayne Pettifer, Liam Ogden and Brad Mangan. So if they all get the selectors’ nod a third of the GVL side would comprise Kyabram players.
That would be great for the club but possibly a huge benefit for the league as they are accustomed to playing with each other every Saturday.
KDL team committed to restoring reputation
WHILE the GVL will be trying to improve its ranking, the Kyabram District League will also be keen to show it’s better than its current lowly ranking when it tackles the Colac and District League at Colac this Saturday.
The KDL restored some pride by flogging the Golden Rivers League last year and its new coach Mark Patten would love to keep the momentum going.
The KDL had a training session last week and will have another one tonight when the final team will be announced.
Patten said only the players who had put their hand up to play in the game had been considered.
‘‘That’s the way I want it. I only want players who want to represent the league because you know they are fair dinkum and that’s how I have always adopted this approach to these games,’’ added Patten.
Some clubs, including last year’s grand finalists Nagambie and Violet Town, will have no representatives in the side along with another finalist from last season, Avenel.
Tallygaroopna star Tyson Sidebottom is expected to be named captain and unbeaten ladder leader Lancaster could have up to four players — Drew Barrett, Logan Demasi, Zac Cerrone and Nathan Torney — in the team.
Player points cap doesn’t add up
KYABRAM coach Paul Newman has weighed in after my observations in this column last week about the alarming decline in standard of football in the Goulburn Valley League and one of the reasons for it.
I made mention how the player points cap has certainly affected clubs trying to be competitive and was a big contributor to the league’s fall from grace as Victoria’s top country league only a few years ago to its current seventh place in the rankings.
Shepparton News sports editor Lauren Bordin last week printed a frank Newman interview from the online Shepparton News Footy Show when he unselfishly assessed the bigger picture and not his club’s current cosy position regarding the player points system.
Newman, a superstar player and proud GVL representative for many years and its captain in several interleague campaigns, said he took great pride in the league, its standard and that the points system was preventing some clubs from being competitive or even a finals chance.
‘‘Obviously the idea (points system) is to have local footballers to stay local and remain loyal in that respect but you only need one bad year in which you lose half a dozen of these locals and you are in trouble,’’ Newman said in the interview.
To watch the full interview with Newman tune into the Shepparton News Footy Show with Foxy and JR at
Young Riley looks familiar
UNAWARES Kyabram footy fans could have thought premiership player Rhys Clark had returned for last Saturday’s clash against its grand final rival from last season, Shepparton, on Saturday.
Under 18 talent Riley Ironside made an eyecatching debut with the Bombers.
Like Clark, who is now playing in Queensland, Riley is a well balanced gifted athlete who didn’t look out of place on a wing and showed no signs of struggling with the step up to senior ranks.
Ironside has been playing with the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup this year.
Why Footscray is the team to beat
I LIKE a bet and I’m warming to backing Footscray to win this season’s VFL premiership.
I’m basing my prediction on one thing: If Lachie Smith can’t be squeezed into this Footscray side after six weeks it must be very potent.
But that is apparently the situation. Well the bit about Smith is.
Smith thought he would get his chance last weekend but was again told that AFL players dropping back to the VFL side would get preference.
It is no wonder Smith is getting a little frustrated but of course it is good news for the Kyabram Bombers because he gets to play with them.
I realise the VFL is the second best standard you can play in Victoria, but I’m sure Smith wouldn’t be found wanting. Stanhope on target... eventually
IN TERMS of accuracy in kicking for goals Stanhope had contrasting third and fourth quarters on its way to kicking 51.35 to Ardmona’s 0.2 in the Kyabram and District Football League last Saturday.
In the third term the Lions had 33 shots on goal for a poor return of 14.19. But they were a lot more accurate in the last term, raising a single flag on only two occasions while booting 16 goals.
Star fly-in Tasmanian recruit Rohan Baldock, who is a relative of St Kilda great, the late Daryl Baldock, kicked a lazy 21 goals in the flogging.
Brallos will not be passed
STAR Kyabram pacer Brallos Pass completed a big week for trainer members of the Kyabram Trotting Club when he saluted at the Cranbourne meeting last Saturday night.
A gallant third to Im The Boss in the recent Shepparton Gold Cup, the Mark Watson trained and driven Brallos Pass reversed that result at Cranbourne, leading from barrier three and comfortably holding off Im The Boss, who had a tough run from a second-row draw, in the run to the judge.
It was win number 15 for Brallos Pass and took his prizemoney earnings over $250,000.
Other Kyabram trainers to enjoy wins last week were Carmel Belot, who produced the trotter Levina at Echuca for a second career win, and Bruce Rose, who won with former NSW trained pacer Hanoverdaloot, who won on debut for his new stable at the Echuca meeting.
Merrigum trainer Simon Turnbull, a regular at the Kyabram trials, also had a winner in Rosas First at the recent Cobram meeting.