Something to Think about

January 19, 2018

IT’S only a small share, but when the galloper he has an ownership interest in collects $600,000 for a win it’s still a nice windfall — not to mention feeling.

Kyabram’s Tony Hetherington owns a few hairs in the tail of Care To Think who won the Magic Millions Cup on the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Tony’s nephew Dean Trevaskis, who has Kyabram connections, is also in the syndicate that races Care To Think.

Care To Think got no favours in the run after jumping from the outside gate, barrier 16, but again proved too good for his rivals in the $1 million race.

After being bought for $16,000 an offer of $400,000 was refused for the four-year-old late last year. The decision has proven a wise one with his latest win — his fifth in succession — boosting his prizemoney earnings to $840,000.

His trainer, Matthew Dunn, is now deciding whether to aim at the Melbourne spring carnival or aim him at one of Queensland’s premier races, the Stradbroke handicap.

Michael’s making the news

KYABRAM’S star football recruit Michael Mattingly hasn’t wasted any time displaying his sporting ability — at cricket.

Mattingly made his debut for the Kyabram Fire Brigade Cricket Club in a one-day game against Echuca South in the Goulburn Murray association last Saturday and when thrown the ball to have a trundle he made the most of it.

He hit the spot with his right arm medium pacers and conceded just 11 runs from nine overs while picking up four wickets.

He didn’t get to bat because his new football coach and Fire Brigade cricket teammate Paul Newman and his partner Henry Charlton put on a batting clinic. They were involved in an unbroken 123-run opening partnership to secure a win for their side without the loss of a wicket before the rain came.

Mattingly, who was vice-captain of a NSW Under 18 cricket side, didn’t get carried away with his own bowling performance against the bottom side but was in awe of Newman’s batting skills.

The VFL Coburg recruit who is now working as a journalist with this paper has also joined in pre-season football training with the Bombers and looks super fit.

Chillcott suspended for outburst

CRICKET Shepparton’s tribunal has come down heavily on Northerners opening batsman Matt Chillcott.

Chillcott copped a two match penalty and also had a two week sentence suspended for 12 months after incidents on the opening day of the clash with Central Park-St Brendan’s in the round before Christmas.

He was found guilty of obscene, offensive, insulting and aggressive language.

Cricket Shepparton’s director of senior cricket, Michael Van Dorsser, said the suspension should act as a reminder that behaviour of this type would not be tolerated and it was a clear warning for players to pull their heads in and toe the line when it comes to onfield behaviour.

Wink wins like Winx

THE Shepparton Gold Cup trots meeting was called off last Saturday night after six races because of a power outage — but not before some Kyabram owners were celebrating a win with their promising pacer.

Peter Hall, Rob Whitford, John Linford and Tony Hansen own and race Winkanditsover who blew away his rivals in a C1 Only class race.

Despite drawing the outside of the front row in the 1690m dash, reinsman Ryan Duffy was able to cross the field at barrier rise to take up the front running. From then on he was never headed, giving none of his rivals a chance with a 56.9 last half and a mile rate of 1.55.1.

Trained by Shepparton horseman Steve Duffy, Winkanditsover looks destined for better things on that run, which was his third win from five starts with two seconds and a fourth since returning from a brief and winless South Australian campaign.

■In another local win on Monday night, Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore scored with trotter Jackson Square at a meeting at Melton.

Jackson Square had won two starts previously at Yarra Valley when resuming from a spell and was in a winning position at his next start at Bendigo when he went into a pace.

But Blackmore said the addition of a set of half hopples to Jackson Square’s gear had done the trick for the Melton race and he believes the four-year-old has the ability to win more races.

Trevor is a true champion

BENALLA cricket legend Trevor Saker has won Victoria’s Specsavers Community Cricket Champion award.

Specsavers and Australian cricket great Ian Healy selected Saker for the prestigious award because of his continuous commitment to build the sport of cricket in the Benalla area.

Involved in the sport for over 50 years, Saker was a rock for the Benalla Cricket Association for many years before it amalgamated with the Wangaratta competition three seasons ago. He still plays competitive cricket for the Benalla Bushrangers’ C grade side.

Last year he represented Australia in an 60 and over Ashes series in England.

In typical fashion Saker said he was chuffed at receiving the award but promptly added ‘‘but it’s definitely a team show’’.

Saker has become very familiar with former Kyabram Cricket Association and current Goulburn Murray Cricket representative teams, attending the annual Melbourne Country Cricket Week series.

Long serving manager of these teams, Rushworth’s Peter Raglus, said the award ‘‘couldn’t have gone to a more deserving recipient. I might even buy him a beer or 10 because he deserves it.’’

Beefy on the menu at Euroa Cricket Club

EUROA Cricket Club has secured a coup, luring English cricket great Sir Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham to a sportsman’s night fundraiser next month.

Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has a link to one of Euroa Cricket Club’s committee members, has arranged for Botham, who played 102 Tests and 116 one-day internationals, to accompany him to the function, which club officials hope will draw close to 200 people.

Tickets can be bought online at Eventbrite or by contacting club secretary Heather Crosby at [email protected]

Jerilderie star will Marshall the troops

HOME town stalwart Chris Marshall has returned to coach the Jerilderie Football Club in the Picola League’s north west competition.

Marshall coached the club in 2016 but stepped down last year from the role, which was filled by Josh Hillary.

Marshall won the club’s best and fairest award last year and knows he has a big job on his hands due to losses that include legendary goalkicker Aaron Purcell, who has switched to rival club Deni Rovers.

But Marshall will be concentrating on developing the talented youth coming through from its undefeated third team from last season.

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