ONE of the club’s favourite sons, Jordan Souter, will coach the Tongala Football Club in the 2018 Murray League season.
Souter, 26, has greeted his appointment as something he has ‘‘always had ambitions to do’’ and ‘‘the time is right to do it’’.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve got a good bunch of young players coming on and I hope to build on what Travis (former coach Travis Edwards) achieved this year,’’ he said.
‘‘We are still looking at some possible recruits although I know it’s tough at this late stage but we’ll do our best.’’
Souter served as assistant coach for two years under David Newman but this will be his first senior sole coaching stint.
Club president Darren Maloney said Souter’s appointment was a popular decision within the club.
‘‘The young players really like him and he is looking forward to bringing their careers on and the older players respect him as well,’’ Maloney said.
Maloney said there had been three applicants for the position left vacant when this year’s coach Travis Edwards stepped down two weeks ago but one of the applicants had been a late withdrawal.
Tongala’s reserves will again be coached by Steve Townsend while the thirds and Under 14s will have new faces at the helm.
Ricky Walsh will take over as thirds coach from Pip Cox while David Graham will coach the Under 14s.
Ky’s first official training
KYABRAM’S defence of the last two Goulburn Valley League football premierships and its bid to expand on the already longest winning streak at major country league level is underway.
The Kyabram players hit the training track on Monday night in the first official club training session to start the 2018 campaign.
The Bombers will play their first game in the new season against Mooroopna under lights at Mooroopna on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
The GVL season will kick-off on March 30 — Good Friday — with a night game between Shepparton and Shepparton United at Deakin Reserve Shepparton.
This game is listed for round five but has been brought forward
Echuca will also host Tatura on Easter Saturday with all other games in the round to be played the following weekend.
The league has reinstated a general bye on July 7 for the Victorian Country versus Victoria Metro clash.
Ryan reappointed to lead KDFNL
WAYNE Ryan will lead the Kyabram District Football Netball League again in 2018.
Ryan was reappointed along with the current executive at the league’s annual meeting last week.
It will be the fourth year Ryan has been in the chair of the league which will contest a 20 rounds home-and-away season with its grand final on Saturday, September 22, the same day as the neighbouring Murray League grand final and the day before the Goulburn Valley League grand final.
Merrigum prepares to break for Christmas
MERRIGUM Football Club players will have their final work-out before the festive break this Friday night.
Training started last week under reappointed coach Mick Power and this Friday night’s session, which begins at 6pm, will be followed by a barbecue Christmas party which Santa will attend to help entertain the kids.
Apart from Power guiding the senior side again this year’s premiership coach Steve Lawlor takes control again while Darryn Rowney will coach the thirds again.
Greg Pell lines up again as club president, Nathan Pell has taken on the treasurer’s role while Amber Christou is the new secretary.
Both these roles have been carried out by club stalwart Tony Kilmartin in recent years and he will remain on the club’s committee.
Swans granted 44 points
THE battling Shepparton Swans are the only Goulburn Valley League football club to be granted extra player points for the 2018 season.
With 11 clubs having a basic 40 points to work with the Swans will have 44 after a successful application to the AFL Goulburn Murray Community Club Sustainability Program sub committee.
For next season both the Swans and Euroa have been granted extra points.
In the Kyabram District Football League Longwood has been granted 48 points, Ardmona 46 and Girgarre 44 for next season.
The remaining clubs will work with 41 points.
Scott appointed as replacement coach
GVL football club Shepparton United acted swiftly to find a replacement for senior coach Peter Sheehan.
Sheehan stepped down from the post late last week and by the end of the weekend club stalwart Steven Scott had been appointed as his replacement.
Sheehan said the changing of personal matters had forced his resignation.
Meanwhile this year’s runners-up, Shepparton Bears, have finally named a replacement for Brad Campbell.
Club stalwart and 150 games player Sean Harrap will take the reins.
Pacer commands third win
KYABRAM trainer Robert Caton didn’t waste any time in winning with former South Australian pacer Commander Crest.
Having his first start for Caton and driven a well-judged race by Tiana McMahon, Commander Crest finished all over his rivals to win an R1-2 race at last week’s Shepparton meeting at odds of 35/1. It is Caton’s second winner as a trainer.
Not only did Commander Crest win but he also produced a career best 1.58.0 mile rate in claiming the win.
Commander Crest was a winner at Port Pirie in September and raced there again for a fourth placing on September 22 before heading east to be prepared by Caton.
The pacer had racked up 44 starts for three win and six minor placings in South Australia.
Seymour named Pruden’s second club
WESTERN Bulldogs footballer Josh Pruden has nominated Seymour Football Club as his second club for the 2018 season.
Pruden has been injury plagued since being recruited by the Bulldogs from Seymour in 2012. Still recovering from shoulder reconstruction he could spend a lot of time with the Lions next season.
Another Seymour player, midfielder Jack Murphy, is trying his luck with VFL club Coburg. He has also nominated Seymour as his second club and if he doesn’t make in Coburg’s 22 he’ll play with Seymour.