Kyabram Free Press
AXEL Childs wasn’t quite sure what was ahead of him when he joined the Kyabram Football Netball Club from Echuca in 2013 for a fresh challenge in his football career.
But five years and three premierships on it’s a decision he has never regretted.
Childs is one of those players rival teams don’t take to too kindly but would love to have in their ranks.
He has no neutral or reverse gears in his approach to playing the game — a tough nut who really enjoys a challenge and winning the hard ball.
On Saturday against Tatura in the GVL opening round he chalked up a 100-seniorgames milestone with the Bombers.
As usual he was at the coal face annoying and frustrating his opponents — and playing a leading role in helping Kyabram win its 63rd game out of the last 64 it has played.
Captains go again
CLUB stalwarts Jason Morgan and Brad Edwards will be Kyabram Football Club’s on-ground leaders for the new GVL season.
The pair also shared the captaincy role last season.
The reserves captaincy will be shared by Will Wild, who has returned after missing last season, and Daniel Gentle.
James Lovison is coaching the reserves in what is his first venture into coaching.
The thirds captain is Mitch Gugliotti, son of Ben Gugliotti, Kyabram’s Morrison Medallist of 1993.
Mitch was selected by the players’ ballot to take on the role and is keen to set a good example.
His deputies are Aidan Robinson and Brenton Brasier.
Cuttriss takes three
STAR allrounder Dylan Cuttriss cleaned up in premier Rochester Cricket Club’s 2018-19 season awards.
Cuttriss took the Club Champion award as well as the bowling and batting aggregates.
He claimed 40 wickets for the season and his 348 runs pipped import Vibhor Yadav’s 343 runs for the batting aggregate. Yadav took the batting average at 34.3. Jake Perry’s 20 wickets earned him the bowling average.
Norm was a GVL star
THE Goulburn Valley Football League recently lost one of its Morrison Medallists with the death of Norm Smith.
A rugged and tough onballer, Smith coached Tatura and the Shepparton Swans in the early 1970s and won the Goulburn Valley League’s top award, the Morrison Medal, twice — in 1974 with Tatura and 1975 with the Shepparton Swans (Lemnos).
He was also a handy cricketer and played for the Tatura Cricket Club when it fielded strong teams in the former Kyabram District Cricket Association.
Illet lives up to billing
LIKE good racehorses, good footballers can draw big crowds.
My spy at the Moama-Tongala Murray League clash on Saturday believes a lot of the large crowd at the game had turned up to see Tongala’s prize recruit, Northern Territory legend Cameron Illet, make his debut with the club.
Illet is one of the most decorated players the Northern Territory has produced and Tongala coach Jordan Souter gave him a lot of the credit for the Blues’ stunning comeback win on Saturday.
‘‘His leadership in the last quarter was just outstanding and one of the reasons we got up,’’ said Souter, reflecting on Tongala’s matchwinning eight-goal last quarter.
Cup day is a free-for-all
KYABRAM Harness Racing Club is gearing up for its annual cup meeting at Shepparton this Sunday.
And as usual for these meetings, patrons will be admitted free of charge.
Feature events will include the second running of the Kyabram Cup under the sponsorship of Techies Tyres and also the second running of the Lynne Chambers Tribute.
The club is running a bus to the meeting and anyone wanting a ride can contact Gary Limbrick on 0407 861 086.
And from next month the Kyabram Trots Club will be staging qualifying trials on two Sundays each month — the first and third Sundays.
The club has staged qualifying trials only once a month in the past.