Lo­vi­son to coach re­serves

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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 jaw­drop­ping 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.

Matt Graetz and Melissa Wil­liams were in­ter­viewed by Todd Wood­bridge.

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