Kyabram Free Press

Roos delay centenary party

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Girgarre Football Netball Club has had to put its centenary celebratio­ns on hold due to the uncertaint­y of the COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

Club president Brendan Nicholson said it was a regrettabl­e and frustratin­g situation to have to pull the plug on the celebratio­ns planned for the weekend of August 6-8.

‘‘There are just too many uncertaint­ies due to COVID-19 to go ahead with it at this stage,” he said.

‘‘The organising committee will meet this week to work out a possible new date, hopefully by the end of this year or early next season but in the current situation with all the uncertaint­y it is hard to set a date.

‘‘We would probably look at having it on a reduced scale, maybe reducing it to just a day but we’ll have to see how everything unfolds before going with another date.

“We may also make the centenary book (written by Athol Mcdonald) available to be purchased now.

“It’s a shame it has come to this, particular­ly as we had to put it off last year as well due to COVID-19 because so much has been put into organising it.”

Mass walkout over racism claims

Racism continues to rear its ugly head with Ardmona Football Netball Club the latest to feel the brunt of it.

There has been a walkout by the club’s indigenous netball players after being racially abused by a teammate.

They claimed the club and its coach weren’t dealing with the matter seriously enough so pulled the plug.

An investigat­ion by the club has resulted in the abuser being disqualifi­ed from the club for life and the club declaring in a statement racism would not be tolerated by the club and the club ‘‘loved and supported their indigenous players’’.

I certainly support the club’s claim it has a long history of supporting its indigenous players but obviously there still needs to be a lot of work and education before racism is eliminated.

If I was ever asked what I have despised most in this world I would have racism at the top of my list.

I can’t see why one human, regardless of colour and beliefs, has the right to think he/she is superior to another human being.

Cricket club switch rejected

Cobram Cricket Club has failed in its bid to join Cricket Shepparton.

At Cricket Shepparton’s recent AGM, only two clubs voted in favour of the Murray Valley Cricket Associatio­n club’s wish to switch associatio­ns.

Re-elected Cricket Shepparton president David D’elia said concerns Cobram wanted to field only one side in the top tier of competitio­n in Cricket Shepparton and not the entire club had been a factor in the refusal.

Concerns the departure of Cobram from its ranks would put the future of the Murray Valley competitio­n in doubt also played against the bid.

D’elia said the future of cricket across the Northern Rivers region was a broader issue that also needed addressing at the moment.

He also confirmed Cricket Shepparton would introduce a women’s competitio­n to its ranks this season.

Vale John Graham

I was saddened to hear of the passing of John Graham on July 11.

John, who was 85, and I go back a long way to my days playing footy and when he was an umpire.

I will always remember a game in which I was not impressed with a decision he had made and told him so with some colourful expletives.

John looked a bit bemused by my outburst and approached me slowly with a grin on his face and quietly said: “You really don’t mean all that, do you Gus?’’

I gained a lot of respect for John in that exchange.

In those days John farmed at Wyuna and as his two children observed in their death notice in last week’s Free Press that he was known for his ‘‘humour, thoughtful­ness and eccentrici­ty.’’

Durham impresses in AFL debut

Seymour Football Club has produced another VFL/AFL player who made a big impact on debut.

Sam Durham was playing in Richmond’s VFL side prior to last month’s mid-season AFL draft when he was snapped up at pick number nine by Essendon.

When he made his debut with Essendon against North Melbourne last Sunday week he displayed plenty of the enthusiasm, determinat­ion and tough tackling which impressed coach Ben Rutten.

Durham joins a growing list of AFL/VFL players recruited from

Seymour including other current players in David Mundy (Fremantle) and Josh Schache (Western Bulldogs).

Olympian ran out for Dookie

I was interested to learn one of Australia’s best ever athletes John Landy played football for Dookie College.

As disclosed in a recent Marnie’s Town Talk in the Shepparton News, not only did the former Olympian and Victorian Governor play for Dookie College — University of Melbourne's Dookie College campus — but won a Central Goulburn Valley League’s best and fairest award during his two years with the club in 1949 and 1950.

Goulburn Valley League historian Don Kilgour related a story about a Shepparton East player ‘Ranging’ Wright being instructed by his coach on the way to a game against Dookie College to ‘‘pick up number eight and don’t let him out of your sight’’, which turned out to be a little easier said than done.

Number eight for Dookie College was in fact John Landy and there were a lot better runners than Ranging Wright who tried to keep up with him and also had failed badly.

Another interestin­g disclosure by Marnie was that the great

Hawthorn coach, the late John Kennedy, was a teacher at the Shepparton Technical School in the 1950s before going on to make his mark as a VFL/AFL coach and leading Hawthorn to its first flag in 1961.

Known to be a coach who didn’t mince his words and who hated to see players leaving the ground without life-threatenin­g injuries, there was a story related by GVL goalkickin­g star from the 1950s John Dainton who was in the Shepp Tech school team when it was being coached by Kennedy.

In one school game, John had fallen to the ground heavily and was writhing around winded when Kennedy ran on to the ground and made the rather blunt order to him ‘‘get up or get off.’’

John Dainton headed the GVL goalkickin­g list in 1958 and 1959, kicking 78 goals in both seasons for Shepparton United.

Hawks power up their coaching ranks

Murray Football Club Barooga hasn’t wasted any time appointing a coach for the 2022 season.

Former Port Adelaide ruckman Jackson Trengrove will take the reins from Tim Hargreaves, who is stepping down because of family and work commitment­s.

Trengrove, 30, is in his first season with Barooga and intends to pull on the boots again and has moved his family to the Murray River town.

The 196cm (6f 7in) ruckman played 153 games with Port Adelaide between 2010 and 2018 and 32 games with the Western Bulldogs between 2018 and 2020. Virus stops the Melbourne Cup The much anticipate­d arrival of the Melbourne Cup in Nagambie has been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

The promotiona­l tour of Australia’s most famous horse race was due to hit Nagambie last Saturday but had to be postponed to a date yet to be decided.

When it happens, Go Seymour and the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre will run a heritage train from Seymour to Nagambie to take the cup with the public invited to make the nostalgic trip as well.

Kyabram raised trainer Danny O’brien, who won the cup in 2019 with Vow And Declare, will be among the guest speakers at a function at Zephyrs Restaurant in Nagambie to hail the cup’s visit to the town which has strong thoroughbr­ed ties with the town and district.

In more racing news, Deniliquin Racing Club has upped its prizemoney for its cup meeting in October.

Its support races have been boosted from $8000 to $10,000 and has risen to $14,000 for its feature, the Deniliquin Cup.

Country footy doco hits town

A documentar­y on the life and times of Finley Football Netball Club identities is set to premiere.

A documentar­y titled The Lost Season will make its much anticipate­d debut at Finley RSL this Saturday night, July 30, with two performanc­es at 6.30pm and 8pm with audiences restricted to 100 due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

Directed by Melbourne based Al Moore and former Finley footballer Tim Davis, the documentar­y depicts the lives of Finley Football Club’s senior coach Tom Doyle, up and coming players Mat Wilson, Dan O’brien and Zac Cuppins and AFL Women’s prospect Liv Cicolini.

‘‘We’d been talking about doing a series on country footy and in 2019 we thought we would have a crack,” co-director Moore said.

“Then COVID hit and it pivoted the whole story and it became something totally different to what we thought it would be.’’

The documentar­y will now depict the impact COVID-19 pandemic has had on rural footy.

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