Trevor had passion for local sport
KYABRAM lost a true sporting stalwart last week with the passing of Trevor Stone.
Trevor had a passion for history and was the author of three publications featuring local sporting clubs.
With Neil Hindson he produced the Kyabram Football Club’s bible, History of Kyabram Football Club – 1894-1994.
He also put together the Kyabram District Cricket Association’s Celebrating a Century — 1905-2005 to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the now defunct association.
And only last year he produced a publication to celebrate 50 years of the St Augustine’s Junior Football Club.
In recent years Trevor was secretary of the inaugural Kyabram Football Club Hall of Fame committee and carried out tireless research for that project.
One of Trevor’s sons, Brayden, said his father had an unbelievable thirst and passion to record local sporting history and put in hundreds of hours researching and compiling histories.
‘‘He was pretty humble about it all and never sought the spotlight but loved what he was doing and got a lot of satisfaction when it all came together,’’ said Brayden.
While his forte was exploring and recording local sporting history he was also a fine cricketer in his day.
An all-rounder he played with both Lancaster and Kyabram Cricket Club’s and was a member of four Kyabram A grade premiership sides in the 1970s. He also captained a KDCA side to a droughtbreaking premiership triumph at the Bendigo Country Week series in 1971. In this period he was also the efficient secretary of the Kyabram Football Club.
Trevor’s funeral is being held tomorrow (Thursday) with a service at St Augustine’s Church at 2pm, followed by burial at the Kyabram Cemetery and fittingly a wake at the Wilf Cox Complex at the Kyabram recreation reserve where he spent much of his time over the last half century.
Pettifer pipped at the post
KYABRAM’S Kayne Pettifer just missed out on being the first player in Victorian country leagues to kick 100 goals for the season.
He was beaten to the honour by Ashley Munari from the Carisbrook Football Club in the Maryborough-Castlemaine Football League.
Munari had 95 goals up in 16 games leading into last Saturday’s semi-final against Harcourt and booted six goals in that game to get his century.
Shepp says helmets for all
CRICKET Shepparton has got on the front foot early with a new rule that is to become a national rule in the 2019-20 season regarding the wearing of cricket helmets.
It has announced the use of helmets will be compulsory in all grades of senior cricket in its association this coming season.
And the rule will extend to fielding sides, with wicketkeepers who operate up on the stumps and fieldsmen who take a position within five metres of the facing batsman also required to wear helmets.
Director of senior cricket for Cricket Shepparton Michael Van Dorser said his association was introducing the rule a year before it will become a national rule in the interests of batsmen and fieldsmen. He said that while the decision had received a lot of feedback on social media, much of it negative, it had been done with the right intention in mind and that is to protect the batsmen and fieldsmen at all times.
City to visit country
DISTRICT soccer fans got some good news last week with the announcement of a partnership between A League club Melbourne City and Greater Shepparton Council.
The three-year partnership will see preseason A League games being played at Shepparton’s McEwen Reserve.
The first of these games will be staged on October 12 when Melbourne City meets Western City Wanderers.
This date is expected to ensure a big crowd, as last year a pre season clash between City and Wanderers was in competition with Goulburn, Murray and Kyabram Football League finals.
Mackenzie is a teen sensation
YOUNG Mackenzie Cowley continues to break records out at Tongala.
As it says on page 11, the 14-year-old took out the Under 17 Murray League best and fairest award on Sunday night. He is not due to turn 15 until December and surely becomes the youngest player to win the award.
The accolade comes after earlier in the year he became the youngest player to play senior football at Tongala.
Leagues stand united
COUNTRY football changes are on the agendas of many leagues at the moment and in the Swan Hill and Kerang areas the move has already been made.
In that region the major Central Murray Football Netball League and minor Golden Rivers Football Netball League have united and will be administered by just one board.
Clubs from both these leagues have supported a Review Working Committee’s final recommendations with the unification of the boards to one governance made to alleviate duplication where volunteer numbers are already diminished.
There will be four-year age gaps between junior age groups but no changes to names of clubs competing within each league.
A service for the late Trevor Stone will be held at St Augustine’s Church.