Picola League peace deal
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.