Kyabram Free Press

The Souters

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As for the credential­s of the three fathers, Mick Souter not only played 333 games for the Blues, but kicked an amazing 1007 goals (winning the 1978 GVFL goal-kicking award).

He bagged another 242 at an average 6.54 goals a game while winning back-to-back goalkickin­g titles in the Murray league.

Mick said his son was more of a midfielder than a forward and, as expected, was a huge rap for his work in the coaching space for the past two years.

“Jordan and his team have done a great job of getting some new players in and mentoring the young local players,” Mick said.

“It was fantastic last year and is building nicely this year.”

He rated Echuca’s Gavin Kennaugh, Mick Ryan from Kyabram and United’s Richard Warburton as his toughest fullback opposition.

Souter Sr is kept more than busy on game days; he and wife “Dougie” have six grandchild­ren.

The Nexhips

Barry Nexhip, at least to me, was the 1980s equivalent of Dusty Martin.

“Necko” was a super-strong midfielder, could kick a goal and regularly thrust his palm in the chest of opposing defenders to turn and make a clear path to goal.

He played 225 senior games and 50 reserve games for the Blues, bagging almost 400 goals.

Nexhip could tear a game apart, echoed by a couple of historic games where he bagged 10 goals straight from a forward flank against old foe Kyabram.

Long-time supporters will also remember him kicking nine goals (and eight behinds) after coming back from injury in the team’s grand final season of 1991.

“I went to Stanhope in 1986 for three seasons. We won back-to-back in 1986-87, but I came back to Tonny on permits in 1988 for five games to help them out,’’ he said.

Nexhip kicked 96 goals with Stanhope as a ruck rover resting in the forward line in that 1986 premiershi­p season.

He returned to Tongala in 1989 to play his 200th game and in 1991 was made a life member.

His three sons are all taller, so comparing them to their father is probably unfair.

He served as president of Tongala Football Club for five years and now concentrat­es his attention at the opposite end to where he played, with his son the team’s full-back.

“The backline suits Corey, he is one of the fitter players and uses the football well,” he said.

Nexhip maintains a strong relationsh­ip with 1983 Tongala best-and-fairest Ray Smith, along with Mick Lovison and enjoys catching up with premiershi­p teammate and Echuca Hotel owner Dave Connally.

His 26-year-old son, who was co-captain of the Blues in 2018, regularly receives feedback about his father’s playing days, although he admits they are very different players.

“I’ve watched the 1983-84 flags on the VCR once or twice. I have had lots of comments about Dad’s footy playing days.”

Nexhip Jr said there was a sense of belief and hunger with the 2021 crop of players and his change from key forward to back sat well with him.

“I had been a forward for many years at Tongala, but switched roles to the backline halfway through the 2019 season,” he said.

Nexhip Jr led the club’s goalkickin­g in 2018, but individual accolades do not appear a priority with the key defender, who now has more than 130 club games to his credit.

“I just enjoy being involved in team sports. It has been great to keep much of the same group from 2019, the bond between the group has strengthen­ed during the year,” he said.

 ??  ?? Jordan Souter gets his kick away under pressure.
Jordan Souter gets his kick away under pressure.
 ??  ?? Barry Nexhip and his son Corey.
Barry Nexhip and his son Corey.
 ??  ?? Mick Souter in 1983.
Mick Souter in 1983.

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