Pi­cola League peace deal

Kyabram Free Press - - SPORT -

COM­MON sense seems to have pre­vailed with Pi­cola Foot­ball Net­ball League back un­der the AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray ban­ner next sea­son af­ter sign­ing an agree­ment late last week.

The sign­ing ended re­cent dis­cus­sions be­tween both bod­ies and re­tir­ing GM re­gion man­ager Martin Glee­son said it was some­thing that his re­gion wanted to hap­pen.

‘‘It’s some­thing we have been work­ing on for the last few months and the agree­ment met with Fri­day’s dead­line,’’ Glee­son said.

A Pi­cola and Dis­trict league spokesman said his league was un­able to elab­o­rate at this stage on what the agree­ment in­volved due to con­fi­den­tial­ity clauses.

Pi­cola de­cided to go it alone this sea­son and re­jected a move to af­fil­i­ate with AFL GM and as a con­se­quence lost three clubs to the Mur­ray league and one to the Kyabram and Dis­trict league.

Prob­lems have been en­coun­tered with this stance, with some play­ers who have been sus­pended in the Pi­cola League switch­ing to play games in the neigh­bour­ing Kyabram League, which hasn’t ac­knowl­edged the sus­pen­sions be­cause the Pi­cola League has not been af­fil­i­ated with the AFL GM.

Stal­wart Ian steps out of the sulky

THERE has been a chang­ing of the guard at the Kyabram Trot­ting Club.

Ian Purdey who has held the role as club trea­surer since the club’s for­ma­tion in 1969 as well as also serv­ing the role as club sec­re­tary for the last 25 years has stepped down due to his move to Mel­bourne to live.

At the club’s an­nual meet­ing last week Rob Gunn was elected the new sec­re­tary while his wife, Kati, will take the reins as trea­surer.

The club’s new pres­i­dent is John Crox­ford who takes over from John (Bluey) Roberts.

The club will hon­our Ian Purdey’s marathon ser­vices to the club af­ter tri­als or work­outs this Sun­day morn­ing and every­one is in­vited. A sausage siz­zle will be pro­vided and there will be drinks avail­able at bar prices.

■ Two stal­wart mem­bers were awarded life mem­ber­ships at the club’s an­nual meet­ing last week.

Alan Roberts and Graham Lyon were recog­nised for their ded­i­cated ef­forts to the club, par­tic­u­larly its weekly Sun­day morn­ing tri­als, for 15 and 10 years re­spec­tively.

Echuca and Tatura show faith in coaches

ECHUCA and Tatura Foot­ball Clubs have put faith in their cur­rent coaches to do the job again next sea­son.

Ja­ma­son Daniels will again coach Tatura in 2019 while the An­drew Walker-Si­mon Mad­dox team will be in charge of the Mur­ray Bombers again.

Ja­ma­son’s reap­point­ment co­in­cided with cap­tain Tom Miller and co-cap­tains Brad Ryan and Mitch El­liott mak­ing the com­mit­ment to con­tinue with the club for another sea­son at least.

For­mer Kyabram play­ers Matt Ryan and An­drew Ci­avarella have as­sured the club they will play on again with the Bull­dogs next sea­son.

Tatura is a chance to play fi­nals this sea­son af­ter play­ing a dead­heat with another fi­nals as­pi­rant Mans­field last Satur­day while a nar­row win by Echuca against Euroa means it will play fi­nals for the first time since 2011.

Will Kayne be able to reach 100?

KYABRAM for­ward Kayne Pet­tifer’s bid to kick 100 goals for the sea­son suf­fered a hic­cup last week when a strik­ing charge he sus­tained in the Echuca game was up­held.

Pet­tifer could have taken a one­week set penalty but went to the tri­bunal where the charge and the penalty were not al­tered.

Pet­tifer has to kick nine goals in the re­main­ing two home-an­d­away games — against Shep­par­ton and Rochester — and the fi­nals to reach the ‘ton.’

Only three Kyabram play­ers have per­formed the feat in the club’s his­tory — Chris Stuhldreier, Dick Clay and Ian Green­ing. Stuhldreier did it on four oc­ca­sions in the early 1990s.

Rams turn to for­mer play­ers

STRUG­GLING Mur­ray Foot­ball League club De­niliquin Rams will have for­mer club play­ers Troy Bartlett and Sam Hall co-coach­ing it in 2019.

Bartlett has been in a sim­i­lar role with the club twice pre­vi­ously while Hall has ex­pe­ri­ence of coach­ing at un­der-18 level at the club. Bartlett was co-coach in the club’s 2011 premier­ship year.

They will re­place cur­rent coach Todd Gal­lagher, who will con­tinue as a player with the club.

Bar­lett and Hall were keen to have Gal­lagher still in­volved in the coach­ing scene but he happy to take a step back.

Own­ers’ nar­row miss

is KYABRAM own­ers just missed out on win­ning the most pres­ti­gious two-year-old trot­ting race in Aus­tralia, the Red­wood Clas­sic, at Mary­bor­ough on Sun­day.

Phil and Trudi Plumb, Ge­off Berry, Stu­art Laid­law and Owen Gre­gory are in the syn­di­cate that owns Al­ways Ready, who led all the way in the $50,000 event only to be nabbed on the fin­ish­ing line.

Ky­val­ley breeder and owner Jim Con­nolly had a big Red­wood Car­ni­val weekend with a win­ner and six other placeget­ters over the two days.

Con­nolly’s flag­ship trot­ter, Ky­val­ley Blur, was his win­ner, claim­ing the free-of-all on Red­wood Day when the 10-year-old up­staged the Amer­ica-bound Sparkling Suc­cess, who was re­sum­ing from a spell.

Con­nolly al­most just missed out on win­ning the Vic­to­ria Trot­ters Derby with Ky­val­ley Finn, who went down by a half head to the favourite Stress Fac­tor.

And another of his placeget­ters, Ky­val­ley Clichy, ran third in the other fea­ture race on Sun­day, the Red­wood Clas­sic.

Tully Laird, Ivy Aik­man, Ash­lyn Chrys and Leasil Bow­man.

Emilia Chrys, Is­abelle Turn­bull, Holly Lloyd and Bre­anna Ed­wards.

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