A KYABRAM Football Club premiership coach was among three talented district sportsmen from earlier eras to have left us in recent times.
The death of Frank Davies who captained and coached the Bombers 1950 side to a premiership against City (Shepparton these days) United has left just four players from that flag winning team alive today — Bob Vick, Herb Prior, Ted Binion and Lance Dunn.
Kyabram won that grand final 17.8 to 7.14
Bob Vick recalled Frank as being ‘‘tough as all nails and a great leader’’.
‘‘He was a great player and a great bloke,’’ he said.
‘‘I remember him telling us one day that if any of us players started fighting on the ground they would have to fight him after the game.
‘‘But he was the first to start fighting out on the ground so he didn’t have much to say after the game,’’ Bob chuckled.
Frank was the last of 14 siblings with one of his sisters, Nellie, the mother of Goulburn Valley sporting legend Des Campbell.
One of Frank’s brothers, Jack, was also a member of the 1950 Kyabram premiership side and a legend of the Merrigum Football Netball Club.
Other former district talented sportsmen who have passed on in recent times are David Roberts and Brian Davies.
David, who spent most of his life at Bairnsdale after being raised in Tongala, was a member of the Tongala Football Club’s 1960 premiership side under coach, the late Alan Murphy.
A teammate of David’s in that side, Adrian Cahill, now living in Nathalia, described him as ‘‘a very talented sportsman’’.
“He was a good footballer and a good cricketer. As a footballer he started off as a rover in his junior days and when he got into the senior ranks with Tongala he played mainly in a back pocket and was very reliable. He was always in the right place at the right time,’’ Adrian recalled.
Brian was a long serving and talented player of both the Stanhope Football and Cricket Clubs.
He was a classy wicketkeeper-batsman who played cricket well into 60s.
Hall of Fame round two
It’s coming up fast.
Kyabram Football Netball Club will induct its second batch of Hall of Fame players on Friday, August 18.
A total of 11 former players, some deceased, will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame, nine as members and two as legends.
Club historian Trevor Stone, secretary of the sub-committee which has selected the latest inductees, said the response to the evening had been very satisfying.
‘‘We’ve got about 180 already booked in with most of the inaugural inductees from two years ago also attending. We are trying to make it a reunion as well,’’ said Trevor.
Coaches are in demand
Shepparton Football Netball Club has joined Echuca and Seymour in the hunt for a new senior coach for next season.
The Bears were to have Rob McCartney taking the reins from Brad Campbell in 2018 in a succession coaching plan. But McCartney, who played a few games with Kyabram in the late 1990s under premiership coach Peter White, has taken a coaching role with AFL club Hawthorn.
Shepparton has thrived under Brad Campbell’s coaching over the past four seasons to a stage it looks to be one of Kyabram’s main dangers in the battle for this season’s GVL flag.
A dual GVL club premiership coach’s name is already being linked with the vacant Echuca position.
Scout watches Kyabram
Former Kyabram, Melbourne and Fitzroy footballer Kelly O’Donnell was an interesting spectator at the Tatura-Kyabram game on Sunday and if my spy is on the money he was eyeing-off a couple of Kyabram players who wouldn’t have disappointed him with their performances on the day.
Kelly is a talent scout for Melbourne Football Club these days.
Ky trained trotter wins
Kyabram trained trotter Getthenet was the winner at the annual Redwood Carnival last weekend.
Following up her win at Shepparton the previous Saturday night the Graham Lyon trained four-year-old mare was the second leg of a driving double for Byrneside reinsman Damian Wilson at the opening day of carnival last Friday. Wilson also won a two year old trot at the meeting with Yankee Rockstar.
Getthenet finished all over her rivals in a T1 or better class trot to hoist her fifth career win.
Star Mick Blackmore trained trotting mare Claudys Princess ran a gallant second to the champion trotter Keystone Del in a Free-For-All at Redwood Day on Sunday.