Billy made a grand de­but

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THE late Billy James, a for­mer Kyabram foot­baller, still holds the record for the least num­ber of games played be­fore ap­pear­ing in an AFL/VFL grand fi­nal.

The ques­tion had been raised after Rich­mond’s Jack Gra­ham — there’s an­other fa­mous foot­balling Kyabram name but no re­la­tion — played in the Tigers’ re­cent grand fi­nal win after only five se­nior games.

Sun­day Her­ald Sun colum­nist Jon An­der­son had an item on the query last Sun­day and James is the only player whose first game at the elite level was in a grand fi­nal.

That was in the 1920 grand fi­nal when Rich­mond beat Colling­wood.

His only goal, late in the last quar­ter, sealed the vic­tory as Rich­mond won its first AFL/VFL flag.

James had played in Kyabram’s premier­ship side in the GVL Wednesday com­pe­ti­tion the same week so it was two flags in four days for the 20-year-old.

But the Rich­mond tri­umph was the last game James ever played.

While out hunt­ing prior to the com­mence­ment of the 1921 sea­son, James was ac­ci­den­tally shot in the foot, end­ing his foot­ball ca­reer.

Reeves might carry on

KYABRAM Dis­trict Foot­ball League may not be seek­ing a new coach next sea­son de­spite for­mer Murchi­son premier­ship coach Steve Reeves an­nounc­ing he will take on the coach­ing job of Dookie United in the Pi­cola League south east­ern di­vi­sion next sea­son.

Reeves pulled the strings for the KDL’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive side this sea­son, which re­turned to the in­ter­league win­ners’ list against the Golden Rivers League.

But he said this week with the Pi­cola League not par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­league foot­ball he had not ruled him­self out of do­ing the Kyabram League job again.

‘‘I’ve had talks with Wayne (Ryan, KDL pres­i­dent) and we are work­ing things out. There are a few things to be con­sid­ered.’’

Reeves coached Murchi­son to a drought-break­ing flag win in 2013 and coached Golden Rivers League club Quam­bat­ook in 2015 and 2016.

Swans seek new coach

SHEP­PAR­TON Swans are seek­ing a new coach after this sea­son’s men­tor, Paul Grif­fiths, told the club he was re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne due to work com­mit­ments.

The Swans will be the fourth Goul­burn Val­ley Foot­ball League club to have a new leader in the 2018 sea­son.

Grif­fith has told the Swans they should seek a devel­op­ment-type coach to suc­ceed him, and club pres­i­dent Richard Bell sup­ports this sug­ges­tion.

Echuca has named for­mer lo­cal and Carl­ton star An­drew Walker as its new coach while Shep­par­ton and Sey­mour are also seek­ing new lead­ers for next sea­son.

Dis­pute over Be­nalla U12s

JU­NIOR footy is get­ting se­ri­ous over at Be­nalla.

Ju­nior foot­ball of­fi­cials in the town are de­cid­ing whether to pur­sue le­gal ac­tion to avoid lo­cal Un­der 12 teams join­ing a Wan­garatta com­pe­ti­tion next year.

An AFL-sanc­tioned re­port has rec­om­mended a to­tal union of the Be­nalla sides into the Wan­garatta com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son.

Some Be­nalla of­fi­cials and par­ents of play­ers aren’t im­pressed with be­ing told what they have to do and are con­sid­er­ing chal­leng­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion.

Todd daz­zles on national stage

YOUNG Moama cricket tal­ent Todd Mur­phy turned heads at last week’s Un­der 17 National Cham­pi­onships, with his per­for­mances earn­ing him selec­tion in the Aus­tralian team in that age group.

Play­ing for Vic Coun­try, he made half cen­turies against Vic Metro and North­ern Vic­to­ria but saved his best knock for the clash with the Cricket Aus­tralia XI when he blasted 82 off 62 balls after com­ing to the crease when his team was tee­ter­ing at 3/18. Due to Todd’s fine knock Vic Coun­try went on to amass 7/302 but un­for­tu­nately bad weather halted Vic Coun­try’s bid to win this game.

Mur­phy, the son of for­mer Moama and Ton­gala cham­pion all­rounder Jamie Mur­phy, is to play cricket with Sandhurst in the Bendigo Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion this sea­son.

For­mer Tatura coach signs with South­port

FOR­MER Tatura Foot­ball Club premier­ship coach Steve Daniel is to coach South­port next sea­son after coach­ing AFL club Gold Coast Suns re­serves side this sea­son.

Daniel has snapped up the South­port job while other coach­ing staff who worked un­der the Suns’ sacked coach Rodney Eade await their fate un­der newly ap­pointed Suns coach Stu­art Dew.

Daniel coached Tatura to the 2012 GVL flag.

Tiana in the money

YOUNG Kyabram trots trainer Tiana McMa­hon has re­turned from a suc­cess­ful trip to South Aus­tralia.

After win­ning his heat on Septem­ber 23, the McMa­hon-trained Bliss­fully Unawares had no luck in the fi­nal a week later. But her trav­el­ling mate Miss Fon­due also won a race at Globe Derby on the road tip at nice odds.

Scout Hall Road is an­other Kyabram-trained win­ner, salut­ing for trainer Bruce Rose at last week’s Echuca meet­ing when driven a treat by his son, Daniel.

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