Bombers hope for full list

September 13, 2017

Kyabram coach Paul Newman during the GVL seniors football match between Kyabram and Seymour.

KYABRAM Football Club coach Paul Newman is hopeful the Bombers will have a full list to choose the side to play in Sunday week’s GVL grand final.

There is still hope that tall utility star Luke Morris could play despite needing surgery on a foot injured in the qualifying final against Shepparton.

‘‘He was to see a specialist this week to see if he could get through another game before having the surgery,’’ Newman said.

Newman said Sam Sheldon, who missed Saturday’s second semi-final win against Seymour with a hamstring twinge, will be right to go, as will goalsneak Kyle Mueller, who jarred a knee early in Saturday’s game but is making a pleasing recovery.

Kyabram fans will have another busy day this Sunday at Deakin Reserve Shepparton as the reserves and thirds try to join the senior side on grand final day.

The thirds meet Shepparton with the winner taking on Shepparton United in the premiership showdown, while the reserves have to beat Shepparton United to get another crack at Euroa.

Kyabram trained last night and other sessions this week will be on Friday night and Saturday morning at 10am. At this stage the training sessions next week will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Bons up and away

IT’S spring time and that means footy finals and horses of the racing kind coming to the fore.

And some Kyabram horse owners are walking tall after the recent efforts of the galloper they race, Bons Away.

The four-year-old gelding by Bon Hoffa out of Villa Albani trained by top horseman Ciaron Maher saluted at Seymour last week to bring up his third consecutive win and the fourth win in his brief career. His record now reads eight starts for four wins and two placings.

Maher has a very good opinion of the horse and his latest win came as no surprise as he was coming off some excellent track work with his stablemate Merchant Navy who is heading on a Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Classic, Cox Plate path.

Kyabram is very well represented in the ownership of Bons Away with Stuart and Sue Joyce, the Jackcracker Syndicate consisting of Mark and Jodie Schumann, Terry and Marg Nepean, Brendan and Justine McConnell, Peter and Lindy Hall, Ross and Sue Meeking and Tony Hansen sharing ownership.

The owners are now hopeful that following successive wins at Sale, Mildura and Seymour a start in the $120,000 Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfied will be Bons Away’s next challenge.

It seems the talented galloper is headed for bigger and better things if he can maintain his current form.

Brodie’s rapid rise

BRODIE Kemp is a young footballer to keep an eye on.

The Echuca teenager has been selected in the AFL Academy level one squad and will be one of 22 players named in the squad eligible to be drafted in 2019.

The selection caps a big year for Brodie, 16, who has played senior footy with Echuca this year, represented Country Victoria at the National Under 16 Championships and played some games with the Bendigo Pioneers TAC Under 18 side.

Some of his coaches have described him as a special talent so he has a bit to live up to.

Brodie is the son of former Kyabram sportsman Grant Kemp.

Grant played football with the Kyabram Bombers – he was in the Des Campbell-coached unbeaten home-and-away side until the finals in 1993 — and led the Kyabram Fire Brigade Cricket Club to two A grade flags in the former Kyabram and District Cricket Association.

Ky trainers to the fore

KYABRAM trainers and owners have fared well in the Shepparton Harness Racing Club’s 2016-17 season awards.

The Mick Blackmore-trained Phirey Philtra’s second placing at the final meeting of the season was enough to get up and share the Horse of the Year award with Maggies Grin. Both pacers had three wins, two seconds and a third placing on the track for the season.

Owner Rob Shellie’s Black Valley, now being prepared by Shepparton horseman Steve O’Donoghue, was a clear winner in the Trotter of the Year award after a win on the track at the final meeting of the season.

20-year basketball ban

ANOTHER hefty sporting penalty has been dished out – this time after an incident in a basketball final in Shepparton last month.

Basketball Victoria Tribunal has banned a 17-year-old from attending any basketball activities in Australia for the next 20 years — yes 20 years.

The 17-year-old will pay this penalty after being found guilty on all five charges levelled at him — and he wasn’t a player.

He was a spectator who entered the court during a grand final, shoved a player before physically targeting one of three referees officiating in the grand final.

The spectator faced charges of and was found guilty of:

■ Bringing the game into dispute

■ Attempting to strike an official

■ Striking an official and a player

■ Assaulting an official.

■Making avoidable contact with an official

■ Offensive language

The action of banning the spectator for 20 years follows a recent 15-year ban slapped on a young Australian Rules player in Queensland for kicking an opponent in the head and a 10-year ban on a NSW country rugby player who forcefully pushed a referee.

An oldie but a goodie

AGE certainly isn’t wearying Paul Scanlon.

Last week the former Seymour superstar footballer added the Peninsula Football League’s best and fairest EV Shade medal to his list of accolades – at the age of nearly 40.

Playing for Pines, Scanlon polled 24 votes.

Scanlon last played with Seymour in 2015 but was an integral part of their 2005-6-7 flag-winning teams.

He finished three votes clear in the 2007 Morrison Medal count but was ineligible due to suspension and Mansfield’s Trent Hotton was awarded the medal.

-Gus Underwood

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