STAGING the Kyabram District Football League grand final this year is open to bidders.
While nine of the last 10 grand finals have been hosted by the Mooroopna Football Club, the league will tender for a location for this year’s season decider.
That doesn’t mean Mooroopna has been ruled out, but the club’s four-year deal with the league has expired and every club in the KDL-GVL area is welcome to make a bid to stage the season decider.
I once advocated for the Kyabram League grand finals to be held at a GVL venue because of superior facilities to cater for spectators.
But on reflection it does take away the incentive for Kyabram League clubs to continue upgrading their grounds and facilities.
Footnote: The only KDL grand final which wasn’t held at Mooroopna in the past decade was in 2013 when Tatura Park hosted the decider which was won by the Steve Reeves coached Murchison.
Jack is hitting the road
POPULAR Murray Football League president Jack Hawkins is stepping down from the post.
The question that the decision poses is: who is going to replace him?
A successor couldn’t be found at the league’s recent annual meeting and the league is currently seeking a suitable replacement.
A former star defender with Geelong and father of current Cats power forward Tom Hawkins, Jack Hawkins has led the Murray League admirably for the last nine years.
He said he had seen a fair few changes during his presidency of the league with diminishing player numbers presenting a challenge for many clubs.
Morgan picks his team
GOULBURN Valley League football coach Luke Morgan has named his assistants to try to get the league back on community championships winning list this year.
Morgan will be supported by current Rochester coach James Flaherty and ex-GVL club coaches Brad Campbell, Sam Little, Brendan Vanderdonk and a new addition, former Echuca coach Andrew Biggs.
Morgan, who coaches Benalla, believes that with the possibility of playing the game on the hallowed MCG against the Ballarat League, players previously reluctant to play interleague football will be keen to try for that experience.
Morgan said he was planning three training sessions in the lead-up to the clash in May.
End of a long cycle
A SHEPPARTON cycling tradition has been severed.
The annual four-day Christmas track carnival which has Shepparton origins stretching back continuously to the 1930s had to be postponed due to a lack of organisers to run the event.
The Shepparton leg of the carnival was switched to Bendigo and a decision will be made mid-year about the possible return of the carnival to Shepparton in the future.
Joy for Josie
EAST Shepparton Club’s Josie Michielin has won her second Goulburn Valley Champion of Champions ladies bowls title.
Michielin downed Shepparton Park’s Di Hands 25-16 in the final at Shepparton Golf.
Kyabram star Mia Nowosad went deep into the championship, which Michielin also won two years ago.
Scopel steps up
SEYMOUR Football Club has named Dylan Scopel as vice-captain of the Lions for the 2018 GVL season.
Originally from Nagambie, Scopel has developed into one of Seymour’s best players, particularly since being moved into defence, and has 121 senior games to his credit with the club.
Premiership player Jake Anderson has also recommitted to the club for another season after coming off an interrupted season last year with an ankle injury after a four-year break.
Wright time to coach
JED Wright will coach his home Picola League south-east division club Katamatite in the 2018 coming season.
Wright has already racked up nearly 150 senior games with the club and sees taking on the top coaching job as something he had always expected and aspired to do.
Wright is also known as one of the premier batsmen in the Cricket Shepparton competition, leading league heavyweights Katandra on the charge to the finals.
Tigers on their way
RICHMOND Football Club fans will be delighted the euphoria of last year’s drought-breaking AFL premiership win will waft to this area in February.
The Tigers will hold its 2018 Australia Post community camp in Echuca on February 12-13.