Lovison to coach reserves

By Kyabram Free Press

KYABRAM Football Club has announced coaching appointments for its reserves and thirds teams.

James Lovison will take the reserves reins from dual premiership coach Mark Dillon while Glenn Hart will lead the thirds again.

Lovison, a strongly built utility, was a member of the recent Kyabram reserves premiership side and is keen to do the job.

‘‘The committee was very happy to take James on. He showed a lot of leadership qualities this season and will be good for the younger developing players in the side,’’ said club president Mark Schumann this week.

Hart had his first season in charge of the Under 18s this season when they made finals.

He won a lot of respect for his handling of the developing players in the club.

Schumann said his club was pleased to be able to reappoint the experienced Hart, who has earned a lot of respect for his dedication in coaching junior players over the years.

Hart gets little respite away from sporting coaching duties as he also coaches the Kyabram Cricket Club over the summer months.

The Bombers recently reappointed Paul Newman and Sam Sheldon as joint senior coaches for the 2019 season and last week it was announced triple premiership ruckman Jake Reeves will be back with the club next season.

Stanhope appoints Aynsley

STANHOPE Football Club has made an in-house coaching appointment, announcing Cobey Aynsley will coach the club next season.

He will take over from Troy Auld and Rob Montgomery who had joint coaching stints with the club this season when the Lions reached the preliminary final.

Stanhope has been particularly pro-active with its leadership roles, with another of its players, Nathan O’Reilly, already slotted in as captain for next season.

Girgarre has already reappointed Shannon Tucker as coach for next season while Merrigum’s coaching appointments will be confirmed after the club’s AGM on November 19.

■In a recruiting coup, Picola League side Katamatite has lured talented Violet Town trio Sam Poole, Pat Horsburgh and John Woodcock, which is a severe blow to the Ky League Towners’ rebuilding plans.

Double blow for Shepp

THE BIG news in GVL footy is that Shepparton’s premiership duo of Nik Rokahr and star small forward Luke Smith will be trying their luck with VFL side Geelong next season,

Rokahr is this year’s GVL Morrison Medallist and along with Smith were key players in bringing Kyabram’s unbeaten winning streak to an end in this season’s grand final.

Their departures are a huge blow to the reigning premier Shepparton. Even worse is that Rokahr and Smith are expected to have to commit to a club from the Geelong area as their second side, which would rule out a return to Shepparton if lack of form or other circumstances were encountered playing with the Cats.

Departures at Barooga

MURRAY League team Barooga have had their share of departures of star players since their grand final defeat by Nathalia.

Ex-AFL big man Cameron Cloke is returning to Melbourne suburban club Jacana in the Essendon District League while another star, Tyrone Downie, has been appointed assistant coach of Loddon Valley League side Mitiamo. Downie will take two other Barooga players, Brent and Tim Brooks, with him.

Another Murray League side, Mulwala, has reappointed Jason Sanderson to continue as coach, a role he took on halfway through this season.

Nexhip joins Swans

TONGALA’S Dylan Nexhip has taken on a new challenge in his netball coaching career.

He will guide GVL side Shepparton Swans in the 2019 season.

He has had previous coaching experience at GVL level with Benalla.

Dylan and his brother Corey recently were members of the Australian open mixed netball team that prevailed over New Zealand in a Trans-Tasman confrontation.

The Aussies clinched the contest with comfortable wins in the first two games, but the Kiwis prevented a clean sweep by winning the third clash in the series.

Honour for Murphy

MOAMA cricket talent Todd Murphy has been given the honour of captaining the Victorian Country side in the upcoming Under 19 National Cricket Championships.

Murphy, who played in the Victorian Under 17 side last season and made 278 runs, is currently playing with Premier League club St Kilda.

St Kilda is the club where his father, Jamie, a former Tongala and Moama and Australian country representative, played.

The Under 19 championships are being held in Adelaide next month.

Duo on cloud nine

VALLEY View golfer Helen Emery and Merrigum’s Simon Doherty were two of six Goulburn Murray Golf Association players who qualified for the state finals of the Play 9 competition held in Melbourne last Sunday.

The Play 9 event starts at club level and progresses to the State play-off over nine holes.

Helen and Simon qualified for the Bronze section of the competition.

Shepp still bowling ’em over

THE best bowlers and the most promising footballers in the state are Shepparton-bound, in coups by the Greater Shepparton City Council.

The Shepparton region has got the tick to stage the Victorian Open bowls carnival through to 2020 and also the V/Line Cup for elite Under 15 footballers for the next four years.

First held in 2011, it will be the 10th time the Victorian Open Bowls event, which runs from November 16 to 23, has been hosted in the region.

Twenty local clubs will cater for sectional play in which up to 2000 bowlers will chase the $50,000 prizemoney up for grabs. The finals will be hosted by Shepparton Park, which will also be the base for the tournament.

An even bigger coup for this year’s event is that Australia’s best bowler, Barrie Lester, will appear in doubles and triples events.

In another accolade for the Greater Shepparton City Council the best Under 15 footballers in the state will head to Shepparton next year to contest the V/Line Cup.

Shepparton has won the right to host the competition for the next four years, taking on the organisation of the event from Latrobe City Council, which has staged it for the past four years.

A precursor to the TAC Cup, the most productive recruiting ground for AFL clubs, it will be staged next September.

And last week there was another tick for Shepparton when a pre-season AFL clash between Richmond and Melbourne was slotted in to be held at Deakin Reserve in early March next year.

Van Zyl’s a big hit

CERTAINLY a contrast in cricket scoring in the Goulburn Murray region in recent weeks.

A fortnight ago Old Students, competing in Cricket Shepparton’s E grade competition, was bowled out for 2. Yes two runs, and yes, there were a lot of players who didn’t worry the scorer.

Last Saturday week a South African recruit, Wian Van Zyl, clubbed an amazing unbeaten 274 for Cobram against Tocumwal in the Murray Valley Cricket Association premier competition.

Van Zyl didn’t hold back, smashing 15 sixes and 25 fours off just 163 deliveries in his jaw-dropping onslaught on the Tocumwal attack, which helped his side reach an association record 4/399 in the 45 overs clash.

Now that’s what you call a really good day at the batting crease.