Tongala needs a new coach after Edwards steps down

December 01, 2017

TONGALA Football Club is seeking a new coach after Travis Edwards stepped down from the position last week.

TONGALA Football Club is seeking a new coach after Travis Edwards stepped down from the position last week.

Edwards told the club he didn’t want to continue in the role because he felt he couldn’t give it 110 per cent.

‘‘He is that sort of bloke. He has got a few things going on at present and our club respects his decision. We would still love him to be coach because he gained a lot of respect this year in the position,’’ said club president Darren Maloney.

Maloney said Edwards could have gone on and done the job again but didn’t feel he could do it justice. ‘‘He’ll still be around the club and help out when he can.’’

Edwards took over the coaching position at Tongala this year and won a lot of respect with his policy to try to nurture the abundance of youth in the club, in particular.

Maloney said his club was now on the front foot trying to find a suitable replacement.

‘‘We have already interviewed two possible candidates. One has a connection with the club and the other is an outsider and both have had previous coaching experience.

‘‘But we are still advertising the position for another week before we make a decision as to who gets the job. We want to get him replaced as soon as possible,’’ Maloney added.

Maloney said his club was in a sound financial position and all players apart from first-year star Nathan Torney have committed to playing at the club again so there is plenty to build on.

Torney’s name has been linked with Lancaster who recently elected club stalwart Rod O’Neill as its new president replacing Steve Grills.

Time for a Hart-to-heart chat about thirds

NEW Kyabram Football Club thirds coach Glenn Hart has called an information evening for December 6 to discuss plans for the 2018 season.

Hart wants all aspiring thirds players and their parents/guardians to attend the briefing from 6pm at the Kyabram Wilf Cox Complex.

Hart will be dealing with a big turnover of players in his first season as coach with 18 players from this year’s runners-up squad moving to senior ranks next season.

‘‘I’m really looking forward to the challenge and would love to see any prospective players and their parents attend the evening,’’ said Hart who has taken the reins from club legend and premiership captain Tony McDonell who didn’t seek reappointment.

Hart, a brother of former Brisbane Lions triple premiership player Shaun Hart, has a strong background in football coaching behind him and club president Peter Croxford said he was a ‘‘ideal fit’’ for the position.

Future not so Bright for Tigers

SHEPPARTON Swans are not the only GVL footy club that has had an exodus of players from this season’s ranks.

Rochester has lost long-serving star players in Elliott Bowen, Heath Aiken and Sam Brennan through retirement while Jarod Bacon is heading back to Lockington Bamawm United, where his father is president.

Now another of their talented players, Mitch Bright, who was vice caption of the Tigers this season, is heading to Colbinabbin in the Heathcote District Football League.

But the Tigers are getting a player from the Heathcote League they hold high hopes for.

Jackson McEwen won the league’s Rising Star award this season and was also a member of Leitchville Gunbower’s premiership team.

Tallygaroopna livewire and best and fairest winner Doug Wren, Stanhope’s Lachlan West and Tom Hepburn and Sandhurst’s Lachlan Watson are also bound for Tigerland in 2018, with aims they will be part of the Tigers’ rebuilding program.

Familiar names for Scotland

SOME familiar Goulburn Murray Cricket names in the Scottish squad to contest an international series in Dubai.

In the 14-player squad are former Fire Brigade allrounder Mark Watt and Elliot Ruthven, who played with Cooma in the 2015-16 season.

Watt, a left-hand batsman and spin bowler, has represented Scotland previously but its Elliot’s first time representing his country.

AB and Jones tee off

GOLFERS at Heathcote recently had some distinguished guests enjoy a round of golf with them.

Former Australian cricketers Allan Border and Dean Jones played a challenge game against a couple of locals and duly won the contest.

Jones often has a hit at the Heathcote Golf Club and is a member but it was the former Australian captain Allan Border’s first time around the course.

Newton’s law at Echuca

TONGALA thoroughbred trainer Alan Newton produced a winner at last week’s Echuca Racing Club meeting.

Ridden by Craig Robertson, six-year-old mare None Left, a $5 chance on the tote, streeted her rivals with a powerful finishing burst which carried her to a four-length win.

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