IF THE Picola Football League is to successfully go it alone — which it is for this season, at least — it wants to get all its clubs on board to help promote the league.
I was disappointed to read the first round results last Saturday week in which many clubs obviously failed to provide details of games for district publications covering that league.
Perusing the results I found ‘no details available’ got a bit monotonous, not to mention disappointing.
Newspapers in the McPherson Group are only too willing to print full results and details if they can be supplied by deadline times.
It’s the duty of the league to get the clubs to fall into line in this regard as it is not only good publicity for the league but readers — predominantly players from my long experience in this caper — love nothing better than to pick up a paper and see they have made the best players’ and goal kicking lists.
It’s a natural ego boost for (most) players and priceless publicity for the league so let’s hope the situation improves as the season goes forward.
Coombs answers the call
TONGALA Cricket Club wasn’t happy with its rapid exit from the recent Goulburn Murray Cricket season and has taken some prompt and positive steps to try and stop it happening again.
Tongala has swooped on one of Cricket Shepparton’s leading players, Daniel Coombs, to coach it in the 2018-19 season.
Coombs has coached Old Students in the Shepparton competition for the past three seasons, leading it to the flag in the Haisman Shield in the 2016-17 season.
In accepting a two-year appointment at Tongala, Coombs revealed he had been approached to coach Tongala in the recent season but elected to stay in charge at Old Students.
Coombs said knowing a few of the Tongala players had been a factor in making his decision that it was time for a new challenge.
On a winning trot
IT’S BEEN a big week for the Kyabram Trotting Club and its trainer members.
Trainers Graham Lyon and Mark Watson produced the winners of the last two races at the Bendigo day meeting last Thursday and the club enjoyed another successful Techie’s Tyres Cup meeting at Shepparton on Sunday evening.
Lyon produced Mana Master for a win at nice odds of 12/1 and the Watson-trained Recork paid over $6 for the win.
Lyon owns and races Mana Master in partnership with Bob Souter while former Wyunaites Mal and Neil Lennie own and race Recork.
Watson also produced another of the Lennie-owned pacers Brallos Pass in the $50,000 Mildura Pacing Cup last Saturday night in which he finished fourth to the Avenel-trained I’m The Boss.
Ray’s big day with Rovers
DENILIQUIN Rovers footballer Raymond Murphy set a club record when he played against Strathmerton in the opening round of the Picola Football League on April 7.
At 14 years of age he became the youngest player ever to play a senior game with the club.
Raymond’s father, Brian, who is battling bad health, was given the honour of tossing the coin and the Rovers capped off a big day by beating last year’s north west division runners-up Strathmerton by a goal.
It wasn’t young Ray’s first game for the day though. He played in the fourths game and slotted a lazy nine goals.
And Deni’s other footy club — Deniliquin Rams — is believed to have set a club record by having two players from its ranks play on the same day in the AFL in the third round.
Todd Marshall, who lined up with Port Adelaide, and Sam Lloyd with Richmond are ex-Ram players.
Nicholls moves to Shepparton Park
SHEPPARTON Park Bowling Club has a new coach.
Paul Nicholls has accepted a two-year appointment as head coach, replacing Mark Ryan who has stepped down from the post
Nicholls has been coach at Nagambie Bowls Club and will take his bowling son Daniel with him to help strengthen the Parkers ranks. It is hoped Ryan continues at the club as a player.
Coalition of the willing for Seymour
AN ELECTION promise of $750,000 has been made for an upgrade of Seymour Football Netball Club’s home base if the Libs-National Coalition is elected to power in the state election in November.
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan and Shadow Sports Minister Danny O’Brien — not the former Kyabram lad who is now a successful racehorse trainer — made the promise during a recent trip to the town and facility.