THERE has been a change of guard in the leadership of the Kyabram Football Netball Club.
Peter Croxford, who has had two stints in the job during which time Kyabram has claimed three flags, has stepped down and Mark Schumann is the new supremo.
Schumann, who was vice-president of the club last year, is a former Kyabram player and Lancaster Football Club coach who has had plenty of experience in sports club management having been a former president of the Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club for 13 years.
Schumann said he wanted to continue building on the already healthy culture the club has enjoyed in recent seasons under his predecessor.
He sees the club’s future as bright given the number of talented young players coming through the ranks.
Croxford will still remain on the club’s executive as vice-president.
Penny Newman, mother of senior coach Paul, will continue as secretary while club stalwart and life member Judy Nelson has taken on the treasurer’s role from Lou Ciavarella.
The club has a totally new-look committee with former players in Brad Mueller and Gary McKenzie pitching in along with other new faces in Holly Butler, Michelle Sing, Michelle Watson, Tim Nelson and Tom Holman.
Michelle Sing has taken on the role as the club’s netball co-ordinator.
Lauren Pryde, Holly Butler and Sharni Clark are coaching the A and B grade sides, Judy Rennie from Lancaster will lead the B Reserve side, Sharni Clark the Under 17s while Lancaster legend and decorated player Sandy Carver will coach the Under 15 side in its first season in a new grade in the league.
There have been some major losses from last season’s A grade premiership winning side with coach Belinda Lees, Ellie Groves, Ash Mangan and Steph Vick missing this season.
Such is life
RICHMOND Football Club great and former Kyabram footballer Richard (Dick) Clay has concerns his beloved AFL Tigers might have cheapened life memberships of the club by awarding them to every premiership player in the team’s history.
As a four-time premiership hero and 213-game veteran with the Tigers in the late 1960s and early 1970s Clay is a life member of the club.
Clay cited the case of Jack Graham, who has played just five games with Richmond — one of them being in the Tigers’ premiership triumph last year — and is now a life member.
Under Richmond’s criteria for the honour Kyabram’s Billy James from the 1920s era is also a life member even though he played his one and only game with the Tigers in its winning 1920 grand final side.
‘‘When I first joined Richmond you had to play 100 senior games or give the club at least 10 years’ service to be considered for life membership,’’ said Clay.
‘‘It doesn’t sit quite right with me that some players who have played in a premiership at the club can get life membership and some who may have worked behind the scenes for 10 or 20 years could miss out.
‘‘Maybe the club made the decision on giving life memberships to premiership players because every servant of the club now gets paid. So there is not going to be many, or any, life memberships handed out in the future so they are making up for that,’’ he added.
Hot under the collar
GOT a call last week from a disgruntled cricketer with a gripe over Goulburn Murray Cricket’s heat policy.
Last Saturday week’s games in C and D grade of the association were called off when the Kyabram Weather Station predicted at 5pm on the Friday evening the top temperature on the Saturday would be 38 degrees or more.
For the A and B grade competition’s the threshold is a prediction of 40 degrees before play is cancelled.
Saturday’s maximum forecast failed to reach its prediction but games had already been called off for C and D grades the night before.
Kyabram’s top temperature on the Saturday was only 32.8 degrees, which was 4.2 degrees below the prediction.
My caller said GM Cricket was becoming a laughing stock in country cricket because of its lenient heat policy.
In the Shepparton competition play is called off in the two top grades if the prediction at 5pm the night before is for 42 degrees or above the next day. The other minor grades in the Shepparton competition have a 40 degrees policy.
The caller said he believed calling off games at 5pm the previous night was not satisfactory and the call should be made at 9am on the Saturday morning to avoid what happened two weekends ago.
He said some lower grade teams had missed five to seven games this season due to a combination of the heat policy, rain or forfeits.
Hawkins joins elite list
KYABRAM Football Club historian Trevor Stone has come up with a new name to add to the list of Kyabram players who played at the elite VFL/AFL level.
The latest name is Tom Hawkins, who played with Kyabram in 1902 and is credited with playing one game with South Melbourne in 1904.
Hawkins is listed in the Encyclopaedia of AFL-VFL Footballers as a one-gamer with his death occurring on February 16, 1907 when he was 21 years of age.
That would have made him 18 when he played that game with South Melbourne.
Pass sets hot pace
KYABRAM trained pacer Brallos Pass was rewarded for some recent consistent form with a track-record breaking win in the Albury Pacing Cup last Saturday night.
The Mark Watson trained five-year-old was driven a treat by Ellen Tormey in claiming the $14,500 2170m feature.
Tormey had the son of Major In Art in the one-one sit for most of the trip and Brallos Pass pulled away in the home stretch to beat fellow Victorian the Josh Aiken-trained and Kima Frenning-driven favourite, Audi Hare, by over eight metres, with the Leeton-trained Medal Of Honour filling the minor placing.
Brallos Pass, the $3.50 second elect, pulled out final sectionals of 28.7 and 28.9 and his 1.56.6 mile rate for the trip sliced 1.2 seconds off the previous track record of 1.58.2 set by Rocking late last year.
Brallos Pass was coming off second placings at Melton in his previous two starts to show he was racing in good form.
Owned by former Wyunaites Mal and Neil Lennie, Brallos Pass has now won 13 of his 45 starts with 21 minor placings for over $217,000 in prizemoney.
Legacy is growing
THE boys at Tongala cheered home trotter Dynamic Legacy to his second career win last Tuesday at the Maryborough trots meeting.
Contesting a T1 Only class trot and driven by Damian Wilson, Dynamic Legacy is trained by Michael Watt, who had the six-year-old cherry ripe for the engagement.
Dynamic Legacy is a son of the Niota stud-based stallion Great Success. He was having just his 16th trip to the races and has now produced two wins and three placings.
Dynamic Legacy rated a career best 2.02.8 for the 21990m trip with some smart closing sectionals that gave him a one metre win over the favourite Next Thru.
Mueller mulls bad decision
KYABRAM batsman Kyle Mueller was as mystified as most when he was given out in his team’s innings against Tatura in their Cricket Shepparton Haisman Shield clash on Saturday at Tatura.
Mueller was attempting a sweep shot and a miss-hit resulted in the ball spearing upwards and landing on one of his batting gloves when it came down.
A Tatura fieldsman appealed on the basis Mueller had obstructed the ball. The umpire ruled Mueller out, which surprised a lot of people at the ground because although he had made contact with the ball with his hand he had not deliberately tried to stop the ball from hitting the wicket.
If a batsman deliberately handles the ball in an effort to stop it hitting the stumps he is out, but this wasn’t the scenario in this case.