Sports snaps: Newman’s message sinks in

May 11, 2018

Safe hands: Kyabram's Lachie Smith holds on to a trademark strong grab.

I WAS in agreement with Kyabram Football Club coach Paul Newman over his concern some of his players were not playing to their capabilities in some of the earlier games this season .

Newman delivered a few blunt home truths during the recent Echuca game, claiming some players appeared disinterested and looked to be merely going through the motions.

I think Newman got his message across as the Bombers, despite another slow start, didn’t lift the foot after quarter time against the Shepparton Swans on Saturday.

But in Kyabram’s first four games this season it conceded first quarter starts to all rivals. But it is still good enough to get itself out of trouble.

It is just lucky its opponents so far this season, with Euroa an exception, are seemingly still not in Kyabram’s class when the chips are down.

In terms of club strength and depth Kyabram is in its best situation for many years with its senior and thirds sides unbeaten and it reserves suffering just the one loss so far.

Also to the Bombers’ advantage the league is at one of its lowest ebbs in years in terms of football talent.

The really pleasing aspect though from Kyabram’s perspective is that it is mainly a home grown side that has proved to be unbeatable for the past two years and so far this season.

The introduction of the player points system has diluted the strength of many clubs.

Clubs that obviously need topping up with class players to be competitive have to be very careful they don’t breach the player points threshold. Some clubs have been sailing close to the wind in this respect.

But Kyabram doesn’t have this problem.

It has not exceeded 30 points in its five games to date.

Apple cider vinegar works wonders

WHETHER Kyabram Football Club coach Paul Newman continues his comeback this season ‘‘depends’’, according to the man himself.

‘‘I will keep playing if I feel I can contribute something to the side and I’m fit to play. It will be virtually a match by match situation and we’ll just see how things turn out,’’ said Newman.

Newman’s appearance against the Shepparton Swans on Saturday was his first senior game since the 2016 grand final.

Chronic knee injuries forced him into early retirement from senior football but he is hopeful he has got on top of this with an apple cider vinegar treatment.

Newman made a rusty start to his senior comeback on Saturday but produced some of his well known marking magic as the game wore on and slotted a couple of goals and gave off a couple.

Dogs likely to call up Smith

THERE is a good chance the Bombers will be without gun utility Lachie Smith for this Saturday’s game against Shepparton at Kyabram.

Shepparton is the side the Bombers beat for last year’s flag and have suffered just the one loss this season to Tatura.

Smith has played four games for the Bombers this season and last Saturday’s was his best with a dominant aerial display against the Shepparton Swans in defence and through the midfield.

He has not played with Footscray’s VFL side this season, mainly because AFL-listed players get preference over non-listed players when they are dropping back from the AFL to the VFL.

But he is likely to get his chance this Saturday to make his debut with Footscray.

GVL takes a Punt on young Bombers

KYABRAM Football Club has five players in the initial GVL Under 18 squad to play against the Ballarat FNL at Punt Rd Oval, Richmond, on Saturday week, May 19.

Young Bombers in the squad are Daniel Lawson, Billy McLay, Harry Browning-Briese, Ben Napier and Sam Langley.

The first training session was held on May 2 and there are further sessions tonight and tonight week when the final team, including emergencies, will be named.

Coach of the team is Jason Wells, who is pleased with the way the squad is taking shape.

Souter flies the flag for Tonny

TONGALA’S sole representative in the Murray Football League squad for its upcoming clash against the Gippsland Football League is coach Jordan Souter.

Souter is no stranger to interleague football having represented the league on three previous occasions.

The Murray League, being coached by Nathalia premiership coach Jason Limbrick, will travel to Moe for the clash on May 19.

Happy start for Saad

FORMER Seymour goalkicking wizard Saad Saad hasn’t taken long to make an impact in the Central Murray Football League.

Playing for Mallee Eagles Saad kicked nine goals on debut and has followed up with a bag of six in his second and only other game with the club so far.

First netballer to enter Hall of Fame

THE guessing game has started.

Who will it be?

When the Goulburn Valley League inducts a fourth group of members into its Hall of Fame in early June the first netballer or netball official will gain the honour.

The inclusion of netballers in the Hall of Fame has been possible due to the merger of the GVL football and netball leagues into the one organisation last year.

Also to be inducted will be a second legend to join former Shepparton Swans great from the 1950s Robbie Orrman.

Legends can only be chosen from the current members of the Hall of Fame and Orrman is the only former player to hold this honour at the moment.

The event is an invitation-only affair to be held at the Shepparton RSL on June 3.

Anyone seeking further information about the evening can contact GVL Hall of Fame chairman Freddo McMahon on 0437 241 191 or Don Kilgour on 0418 570 818.

President steps down

INAUGURAL president of AFL Goulburn Murray Commission Nicholas Rolfe has resigned the post.

He was elected when the commission was formed in 2013 and has given a move from Echuca to Sutton Grange, near Castlemaine, as his reason for stepping down.

The AFL Goulburn Murray regional general manager Martin Gleeson said under Rolfe’s leadership the commission had grown considerably.

Perfect 10 for Purcell

POSSIBLE nerves of playing against his old club didn’t take their toll on Deniliquin Rovers’ forward Aaron Purcell in the match against Jerilderie in the Picola Football League last Saturday week.

Purcell, who kicked a league record 222 goals for Jerilderie in 2014, switched to Deni Rovers this season and in the match against his former club two weeks ago slotted 10 goals.

Purcell’s 222 goals in 2014 was a few off the Australian record set by nomad footballer Trevor Sutton, who kicked an amazing 249 goals for Deniliquin in the Murray League in 1982. But it beat the Picola League record of 215 set by Waaia’s Danny Irwin, who also played with Kyabram and coached Merrigum.

Irwin set the record in 1992.

Mueller might miss eight with knee

ELUSIVE goalkicking Kyabram forward Kyle Mueller faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines after injuring a knee in the Echuca game two weeks ago.

Fears he may have suffered a season-ending injury didn’t eventuate and the diagnosis is a medial ligament strain, which should keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks. This will give him time to prepare for finals football, all going well.

Mueller had a breakout season last year booting 70 goals from a forward pocket and he had 14 goals up in the first three games this season.

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