KYABRAM Fire Brigade cricket captain Daniel Kent, Paul Newman and Brett Andison completed ‘six of the best’ with the club’s latest flag triumph.
The Flames’ premiership win against Rochester United at the weekend elevated Kent, Newman and Andison into a club within the club — players that have shared in six A grade premiership wins.
The other members of this club are Brendan White, Jarrod Chapman and Trevor Watts.
White was a member of the Brigade C side which also won the flag at the weekend, taking his list of premiership wins in his career to 12. Two of these came in minor grades playing with the Kyabram Cricket Club in the former KDCA competition and 10 with the Brigade, including the six at the top tier of competition.
Watts also played in Fire Brigade’s B grade winning premiership side at the weekend to take his number of flags with the club to eight.
Four of Danny Kent’s flags came in the former Kyabram District Cricket Association and two in six years in Goulburn Murray Cricket since the merger of the KDCA and Campaspe Cricket Associations six seasons ago.
Justin follows in brother’s footsteps
JUSTIN Elliott’s matchwinning century in Goulburn Murray Cricket’s C grade final at the weekend was the first century scored by a Fire Brigade player in a premiership showdown at any level of competition for 23 years.
And the last player to achieve the feat was none other than Justin’s younger brother Ty.
Ty made a century in the 1995-96 A grade grand final for The Flames in the former Kyabram District Cricket Association. That was the year the Brigade won the flag in the four tiers of competition.
United rocked by death of popular player
ROCHESTER United Cricket Club suffered a devastating blow last week on the eve of Goulburn Murray Cricket premiership showdowns with the loss of one of its most popular players, Matt O’Donoghue, in a car accident.
Rochester United A grade captain Tim Bubb penned a moving tribute to O’Donoghue. 26, describing him as ‘‘a great person and a mate to all’’.
Bubb said Matt had been a cricketer who had worked hard to get better at the game and had progressed from the club’s C grade ranks to get some A grade games over the past couple of years.
Matt also had a great interest in developing and encouraging younger players at the club and helped organise weekly training sessions for the clubs Under 10 and Under 12 players.
‘‘He was always there and helping out,’’ Bubb wrote.
Picola league in a pickle
WHAT a dog’s dinner is unfolding in district footy circles with the defiant Picola District Football League snubbing AFL Goulburn Murray’s bid to take over its administration.
A deadline for the Picola League to sign up to the AFL Goulburn Valley agreement last week was not adhered to, with the result that Picola is now running its own race.
In these sort of scenarios you get arguments from both sides that seem reasonable and feasible but trying to find common ground is always difficult.
Picola claims it will be $80,000 better off running its own ship and it is only because of the wishes of the majority of its member clubs that its current action has been taken.
There are certainly some Picola clubs who don’t want anything to do with AFL Goulburn Valley but there are also some that do, so it’s not cut and dried.
The Picola clubs still have another week to decide where they want their future to be so there is still a lot of talking to go on before a final outcome is achieved.
Picola might be better off in the short term financially but my doubt is whether it can sustain itself for a long journey — because AFL Goulburn Murray will.
Bomber set to unveil prized recruit
KYABRAM footballers will be in action on their home ground this Saturday when they host Melbourne suburban side Bayswater in a pre-season dust-off.
There will be two games, with the reserves starting at noon and the senior game to kick off at 2pm.
The Kyabram thirds will play a practice game against Shepparton at Kyabram this Friday night starting at 5.30pm.
For Saturday’s senior game the Bombers will be close to full strength and will unveil their prized signing, Michael Mattingly.
A hard running utility, Mattingly has spent the past two seasons with VFL club Coburg.
Another new face for the Bombers will be Bailey Bell, a small goalkicking forward who played in Nathalia’s Murray Football League premiership side last season.
But the Bombers will be missing some familiar premiership faces from the past two seasons — Jake Reeves, Lachie Smith, Josh Vick, Rhys Clark and Billy Burstin.
The Bombers had a work-out against Ovens and Murray League side Myrtleford two weeks ago when well below top strength, but will be closer to a full side this Saturday and will be looking to up the ante.
Kyabram’s final practice match is on Saturday week (March 24) when Kyabram hosts reigning Ovens and Murray premier Wangaratta.
There are no games for Kyabram over Easter, with the Bombers to kick their GVL season off with a Saturday night game against Mooroopna at Mooroopna on April 7.