Cricket club flags re­union

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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.

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