FORMER Kyabram footballer Nick Holman is certainly making the most of his second chance at playing AFL football.
Holman has played the first two games of the AFL season with the Gold Coast Suns and has made an impression, particularly in last Saturday’s win over Carlton when named in their best players.
Holman played in Kyabram’s senior premiership side in 2013 after playing TAC Cup football for the Murray Bushrangers.
He was recruited by the Carlton Football Club with its third round selection, pick 51 overall, in the 2013 national draft and made his senior debut for the Blues against Port Adelaide in round 22 in 2014.
After nine senior matches in two seasons, he was delisted at the conclusion of the 2015 season. He then made a move to South Australia where he played for the Central District Football Club in 2016 and 2017.
He had a big season with Central Districts last year which resulted in him being picked up on Gold Coast’s 2018 Rookie List.
Holman’s younger brother, Tom, plays for Kyabram.
Ryan gets team of the year nod
A STELLAR season has won Kyabram Cricket Club’s teenager Curtis Ryan a spot in Cricket Shepparton’s Team of the Year.
The tall fast bowler earned his spot by taking 26 wickets at the economical cost of 13.61. He was the only Kyabram player named in the side.
Ryan is one of many young promising Kyabram players who helped the side reach the semi-finals in the recent season and who will play a pivotal role in the immediate future in the club’s bid to win its first flag in the Cricket Shepparton competition.
The top individual award in Cricket Shepparton produced a worthy winner with Numurkah skipper Liam Gledhill claiming the Lightfoot Medal after finishing runner-up on four occasions.
Other competition award winners were Undera’s Glenn Campbell (B grade), Mooroopna’s Rob Marsters (C grade), Toolamba’s Greg Watts (D grade) and Central Park-St Brendan’s Graham Sylvester (E grade).
GVL representatives heading to MCG
GOULBURN Valley League representative footballers will definitely get the chance to play on the MCG this season.
It’s now official the GVL will meet the Ballarat League on Saturday, May 19 as the curtain raiser to the AFL’s Country Game between Geelong and Essendon.
The under 18s will play their game at nearby Punt Rd Oval so the GVL League will be looking for a big contingent of fans to spur on the two sides and you would expect some fierce competition for spots in the side.
Trotting club loses much admired person
KYABRAM Trotting Club lost a popular stalwart with the passing at the weekend of long serving Lyn Chambers after a battle with cancer.
Lyn held the position of assistant secretary and race day secretary of the club since the early 1970s.
Club secretary-treasurer Ian Purdey said Lyn was a much admired person at the club and a life member who would be sadly missed.
‘‘Lyn was up with all the breeding and was a really keen follower of the sport,’’ said Purdey.
‘‘Lyn shared the love of the sport with her husband, Ian, who is well known hobby trainer and horse breaker who has had his share of success.
‘‘They were regulars at district meetings and regularly attended Inter Dominion Championships and other major races in Australia and New Zealand over the years,’’ Purdey said.
Lyn’s funeral will be held tomorrow (Thursday) with a graveside service at the Kyabram Cemetery at 11am.
Three wins, two seconds, a third
GIANT trotter Rory McHinson completed a hat-trick of wins and earned another rousing reception from his band of vocal Kyabram owners when he saluted at the Echuca meeting on Sunday.
Off a 10m handicap the four-year-old gave his rivals a start and a beating after an early move from the rear to the front of the field by his driver John Caldow proved a winning one.
Trained by Kyabram’s Mick Blackmore, Rory McHinson is building an impressive record with his six starts to date producing three wins, two seconds and a third.
Rory McHinson completed a driving double at the meeting for John Caldow who had scored on another Kyabram trained pacer Sheer Modern earlier in the program.
Brent Thomson puts the polish on Sheer Modern.
Marshall kicks four for Port
THEY love their footy up at Deniliquin.
When one of their products Todd Marshall kicked four goals for Port Adelaide in the opening AFL round the local statisticians were immediately on the job.
It turns out Marshall has joined Adelaide Crow Peter McIntyre and Sydney Swans premiership hero Leo Barry as the only Deniliquin raised footballers to kick four goals in an AFL/VFL game.