Cricket club flags reunion
KYABRAM Cricket Club is planning a huge reunion early next year.
The focus of the reunion will be on A grade premiership teams the club has produced since 1950 — and that’s 15.
Its premiership years in the former Kyabram and District Cricket Association came in 1951, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1999, 2002 and 2004.
Secretary of a group formed to organise and run the reunion Rob Asplin said while the focus was on the premiership sides for the reunion, any players, officials and supporters of the club over the past 70 years will also be very welcome to join in the festivities.
‘‘Obviously we can’t make personal contact with every player who has played with the club in the last 68 years. We have sent out invitations to players from the premiership sides to get a start. But anyone connected with the club in those years will be welcome to attend and catch up on old times,’’ he added.
The club’s most famous product, Matthew Elliott, who went on to play Test cricket for Australia, is expected to attend the reunion.
Another Kyabram produced player who also played Test cricket, Jim Higgs, has also been invited.
Higgs cut his early cricket teeth playing for Kyabram Fire Brigade Cricket Club, but did have a stint in the 1970s coaching the Kyabram Cricket Club.
The reunion is planned for Saturday, February 2, 2019, and coincides with Kyabram’s current A grade side playing at home that day.
The main function will be held that evening and to assist with catering arrangements anyone who wants to attend the reunion and who has not received an invitation should contact Rob Asplin on 5852 2736 or email [email protected]ventours.com.au
Hanslow to coach Mooroopna
DUAL Kyabram Football Netball Club A grade netball premiership coach Di Hanslow will coach her third GVL netball side in 2019.
After seven years coaching Shepparton United, Di will head up Mooroopna’s netball program next season.
Di delivered A grade flags in 2006 and 2008 when coaching Kyabram.
Mooroopna Football Netball Club will have Bill Dowling lead- ing the club next season, taking over the presidency from Darren Hall, who has had nine years in the role.
Glenn James is vice president again while Peter Kelton has replaced Todd Huggard as general manager of the GVL Cats.
Blockbusters for Bombers
THE 2019 GVL draw is out and the Kyabram Bombers have some blockbuster clashes to lead into the new season.
First-up the Bombers host Tatura, expected to be a big improver next season, at Kyabram on April 6.
And then it gets its chance to get one back on its grand final conqueror this year, Shepparton, the following week at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton.
And in the third week of the new season it tackles Rochester at Rochester followed by a night game against Echuca in the fourth round.
General byes are on May 18 for the Community Championship round and on July 13 when the Victorian Country representative side takes on the VAFA.
The GVL hierarchy’s first job though is to get a replacement for Luke Morgan, this season’s coach from Benalla, who will be coaching Wangaratta Magpies in the Ovens and Murray League next season.
The Kyabram District League gets a home game in the championship, hosting the Golden Rivers League, the league it handed a big loss to two years ago, in a battle of the lower ranked leagues.
The Murray Football League, ranked 13th, will also host a championship match against the 14th-ranked Wimmera Football League.
GVL makes a profit
THE Goulburn Valley League has finished ‘in the black’ for the past year.
While the profit revealed is just $4101 it’s still sweet music for the league, which had heavy losses in the previous two years — $62,497 last year and $41,175 in 2016.
David Roff was returned as chairman of the league at its annual general meeting last week.
Mooroopna’s Amy Marshall has replaced Rhonda Kortum on the board with Jacqui Hudson and Sandra Witham holding their seats when a vote was needed.
Kortum, Hudson and Witham’s two-year positions on the board had expired but all three stood again and with Marshall also putting her hand up it came down to a vote.
United they grow
WHILE Tongala Football Club has been active in the off season with its recruiting, with possibly four Kyabram premiership reserves players to join their ranks, another Murray Football League club, Echuca United, has also been busy signing new names.
And two more Kyabram reserves premiership players, captain Tom Curnow and Charlie McLay, are heading there.
But their star recruit will be former AFL and Benalla premiership player Josh Mellington, a 100-goal performer when with the GVL Saints.
Brown to coach Shepp East
ONE CLUB’S loss has been another’s gain in the case of Nick Brown.
Brown, who has helped Longwood become a more competitive force in the Kyabram District Football League in the past two years, will coach Shepparton East Football Club next season.
Brown is familiar with starting well behind the eight ball when it comes to trying to rebuild sides and is aware he faces another huge task because Shepparton East has had a mass exodus of players since the end of the season, decimating its ranks.
Shepparton East found the going tough in the Murray Football League this season, and has applied to rejoin the Picola League, which it left last season.
Charlie does family proud
A NAME to keep in mind.
In the Around The Traps column last week it was mentioned how Tom Hillier and his son Harry both scored centuries in the same innings for the Deniliquin Rhinos in Murray Valley Cricket Association’s division one (second grade) side in a recent game
While that is being claimed as a first for the club and the first time in Deni’s cricketing history, Harry’s younger brother, Charlie, not to be outdone, also got himself into the club’s record books a week later.
His feat was being picked to make his debut with Deni Rhinos’ Premier League team at the tender age of 13 — the youngest player to do it.
Former Australian Test cricketer Matthew Elliott is expected to attend the Kyabram Cricket Club reunion in February.
Jamie Spencer was in red-hot form late in the season for Shepparton East.