KYABRAM District Football League has turned to one of the most successful coaches in the league’s history to coach its representative side this year.
Stanhope stalwart Mark Patten, who has the gig, is no stranger to the position having coached the league on three occasions — 2004, 2005 and 2006 when he was coaching Stanhope.
Patten coached Stanhope through a golden period in the club’s history from 2002 to 2010 when it won flags in 2003, 2007 and 2008 and made five grand final appearances.
He is currently coaching Stanhope’s reserves after a stint in recent years at Girgarre.
The Kyabram District Football Netball League meets the Colac and District League in the community round at Colac on May 19.
Patten will be looking to continue the KDL’s comprehensive win over the Golden Rivers Football League at Murrabit last year.
Stanhope’s thirds coach Dean Wileman will take charge of the league’s Under 18 side for the first time.
In the netball Fiona Down (Tallygaroopna) will coach the open team, Lancaster’s Zoe Backway will lead the 17 and Under team while Avenel’s Helen Dawson will be in charge of the 15 and Under team.
KDFNL president Wayne Ryan announced the appointments and is aware of the task ahead for the League.
“We are very pleased with our interleague coaching line up for this year’s campaign with quality people and quality coaches putting their hand up to be involved,” he said.
Lions celebrate 1968 flag
UNDERA Football Netball Club has a couple of big days coming up off the field over the next fortnight.
This Saturday it will stage an anniversary of its 1968 premiership side and on Saturday night, April 28 it will hold a function to name its best teams of the decades in both footy and netball.
From these teams of the decades it will name its best footy team from the last 50 years and its best netball team of the past 30 years.
Undera was under first year coach Des Sleeth in that 1968 premiership win in which the Lions downed Merrigum 11.26 to 8.13 in an upset at Murchison.
Pat Mark kicked six goals and was among the best players along with Kevin Tyndall, John Sellwood, Pat Sleeth and John Ough.
The Undera premiership side that day was as follows:
Backs: Adrian Sloper, Barry Sloper, Kevin Tyndall
HB: Fred Mandersloot, Pat Sleeth, John Lyle
C: George Vearing, John Sellwood, Rob Gordon.
HF: John Pell, Tom Haigh, John Ough
F: Dave McNamara, Peter Mark, Frank Mark
Rucks: Des Sleeth, Stewart Freeman, Ron James.
19th man: Laurie McCarty. 20th: B Lyle.
Of this team John Sellwood, Rob Gordon, Stewart Freeman, Adrian Sloper, Kevin Tyndall and Frank Mark have passed on.
The reunion will be held at half-time of the Undera-Nagambie clash in Undera’s first appearance of the season under new coach Justin Torney.
The function to name the Teams of the Decades is to be staged at the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showgrounds on Saturday night, April 28.
Anyone who would like to attend this function can call 0409010429.
AFL star tipped for GVL
COULD one of AFL’s greatest ever players be contemplating lining up for a few games with a certain Goulburn Valley League side this season?
He has a strong connection with a current new GVL coach and the rumour is strong he could pull on the boots again.
Also on the footy rumour mill this week is that a former dual premiership player who left his club this season is seriously considering a return to that club which would be further bad news for aspiring premiership contenders.
Gugliotti legacy reignites
YES after nearly 25 years a Gugliotti is back in the Kyabram Football Club ranks.
No, Benny — the 1993 Morrison Medallist — hasn’t made a comeback.
But his son Mitchell made his debut with the Kyabram thirds in a big first-up win last Saturday.
Like his dad he can find the ball and lacks nothing in courage according to new Bombers thirds coach Glenn Hart.
Smith a no-show
THE much heralded return of Lachie Smith to Kyabram for its opening round GVL clash against Mooroopna last Saturday night didn’t eventuate.
Most of the press picked up the story and there was a genuine belief he would line-up.
Smith has aligned himself with Kyabram as his home club and is expected to play a few games with the Bombers.
But he was blocked from returning for last Saturday’s game by his VFL club Footscray after being injured in an off-field mishap.
But there is a good chance he will play for the Bombers this Saturday night against Euroa, and even a few more early season games, as he missed practice games at Footscray through injury.
Age no barrier for Pettifer
KAYNE Pettifer is still a remarkable footballer.
Just when you are thinking the 36-year-old is struggling a bit he can turn things on its head.
He did it again on Saturday night at Mooroopna.
After taking the mark of the day late in the third term with a skyscraper, he ignited in the last term to kick five goals, including the goal of the day — a snap over his shoulder in heavy traffic.
Up to three-quarter-time he had kicked only two goals but it took just one quarter to boost this tally to seven.
Bombers stalwart still on the ball
MICK Ryan, who holds the distinction of being the only Kyabram Football Club coach to have coached the club’s senior, reserves and thirds side, is still a keen and attentive follower of the club.
He was quick to point out that Kyabram and Mooroopna shared identical scores in both the senior and thirds games at quarter-time — Kyabram 2.6, Mooroopna 3.0.
Player points to spare
KYABRAM had a staggering 15 points to spare in the player points system in its game against Mooroopna last Saturday night.
Every player except one was a one-pointer and Kyabram’s total points was just 25.
And five of these points belonged to recruit Michael Mattingly who made an impressive debut on a wing and was nominated as the Bombers’ best player by coach Paul Newman.
Kyabram points cap is 40.
Talented sports star
YOUNG Dylan Scoble could be a name worth remembering.
At the famous Stawell Gift athletics meeting over Easter Dylan, 13, won the Little Athletics handicap race over 1600 metres in a time of 4 minutes 44.753 seconds. He ran off a handicap of 190m and took the lead in the concluding stages of the race for a determined win.
Dylan is a member of the Shepparton Little Athletics and plays footy for Tongala’s Under 14s.
He is the son of former Girgarrites Karisha Ryan and former Girgarre footballer Brett Scoble and gets his passion for running from his grandfather Robbie Ryan.
No record for 54-goal thumping
IF YOU thought your footy side made a good start to the season it couldn’t have been as good as the one Benalla All Blacks launched in the opening round of the Ovens and King League.
The Panthers kicked 54.18 (342) to Bonnie’s Doon’s 0.0 in the first round over Easter.
You would think that score in most competitions would be a league record but it wasn’t.
Greta kicked a total score of 347 in 2012 to Glenrowan’s 0.7 to set that league’s scores benchmark.