Kyabram Free Press

Brothers unite for Bombers


Earlier this footy season I had a story of four brothers donning the Kyabram footy jumper in the same game.

Josh, Will, Matt and James Wild all played together for the Kyabram reserves in early season games against Echuca and Seymour.

From research, it’s believed this could be a first in the club’s 127-year history.

On Saturday, there weren’t four brothers who lined up in Kyabram’s senior side against Shepparton United but there were three.

The Dillon brothers — Josh, Liam and Sean — played together for the first time in the same side and all did their bit to achieve one of Kyabram’s best wins for the season.

Long awaited comeback last three minutes

It will probably be a candidate for the most short lived comeback on record.

Brett Sheldon, father of Kyabram Football Club co-captain Tom Sheldon and his brother Jack, answered an SOS from the Bombers to help out with numbers for the Kyabram reserves match against Shepparton United on Saturday.

The Bombers’ players ranks had been decimated by the COVID-19 restrictio­ns on their Melbourne-based players and at one stage were looking to forfeit the game.

Brett decided to turn back the clock — his last game was reportedly in 2005 helping out the Echuca reserves with numbers — and answer Kyabram’s SOS.

He stripped and ran out with the side ready for action - well, for three minutes anyway.

One attempted dash for the ball resulted in a torn muscle and that was the end of the comeback as brief as it was.

It was nice gesture though by Brett but I suspect there will be some hesitancy if a similar situation rises again which could easily be this Saturday.

Senior debut at 46

You’re never too old.

Well, that’s what former Kyabram coach Mark Adamson philosophy about playing footy is.

Now aged 46, Adamson made his senior debut for Stanhope who upset reigning premier Nagambie at Nagambie in their Ky District League clash on Saturday.

Adamson pulled his weight too, kicking three goals and being named in Stanhope’s best players.

Bendigo-based, Adamson has played a few games in the reserves and joined the Lions this year with his son Jye, who through injury and COVID-19 restrictio­ns has fitted in only two senior and two reserves games so far.

Adamson coached Kyabram for three seasons from 2004 to 2006.

Coaches in place for 2022

Early coaching appointmen­ts for the 2022 season across the Goulburn Murray football netball region are underway.

Euroa is sticking with nonplaying coach Scott Rowan, who will take the reins for a third term, as he strives to lead the GVL club to its first flag since 1990.

Kyabram District League club Longwood has reappointe­d Mick Galvin for a fourth term.

Galvin is excited about continuing the role, particular­ly with the club’s thirds side striving to be the first Longwood football team to play finals since the Redlegs joined the league in 2010.

Galvin will have Mick Dickason as assistant coach.

In the Picola and District league, Picola United’s Darby Walsh has signed on for a third consecutiv­e season despite the club struggling for wins this season.

Over in the Heathcote District league, unbeaten Lockington­bamawm United has re-signed home grown product Brodie Collins for another season.

Cricket personnel switches

Cricket Shepparton club Katandra has had a change of leadership for the coming season.

Star all-rounder Jedd Wright has stepped down and Corey Hickford and Ben Clurey have stepped up as joint captains.

Also in a major move in Cricket Shepparton, Karramomus’ big hitting all-rounder Stuart Turner is joining the Northerner­s Cricket Club for the coming season.

Top eight fuels motivation

Murray League boss Dale Norman is naturally hoping spectators will be allowed to attend games in the near future to provide some welcome revenue flow for clubs.

But that wasn’t the main intention of his successful move to add two extra teams to the finals roster, bringing it to a final eight.

‘‘It’s been a frustratin­g season and we need to try and give incentive and motivation for more teams to be involved in finals and this is one way of doing this,” Norman said.

‘‘When I suggested the idea to the clubs they were all for it.

Under the new format, the top four sides gain the double chance with finals venues to be allocated depending on COVID-19 protocols.

Kicking goals on one leg

They obviously breed ’em tough and resilient up Moulamein way.

Three weeks ago I mentioned in these columns how one of Moulamein Football Club’s players, Darrel (Pearsy) Pearse, had clocked up his 700th game and almost certainly his last with the club.

Another snippet of informatio­n from Moulamein legend China Gibson isn’t quite as prolific as Pearsy’s feat but none the less just as mind-boggling.

Corey Goodwin has played all his football with Moulamein Football Club and even losing a leg in a car accident four years ago hasn’t stopped him.

After finally getting a spring loaded artificial leg to improve mobility and versatilit­y he has returned to the playing field this season and has slotted his share of goals as a goalsneak forward pocket.

Timbercutt­ers family add to games pile

Talk about a strong family connection.

Up at Mathoura Nathan O’callaghan has just reached the 300-game milestone with the Mathoura Football Netball Club in either senior and reserves grade footy teams.

But it’s not a family milestone. Nathan’s father Steve holds the club record with a massive 565 games while brother Trent achieved the 300 games mark a few years ago.

The trio has played in excess of 1150 senior games between with the one club which would take some beating by one family.

Small stable scores big

Good effort from Seymour racehorse trainer Don Dwyer.

Dwyer has just been awarded the Victorian and Australian Picnic Races premiershi­ps and those in the thoroughbr­ed racing game will know that his effort in producing 21 winners from 64 starters for the season is an exceptiona­lly commendabl­e strike rate, particular­ly when he has only an eight-horse stable.

In contrast and to putting his effort into perspectiv­e is the runner-up in the Australian award. NSW horseman Troy Kilgower had three times more starters and four times more horses in work to carry off the award in that state.

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Kyabram's Liam Dillon bursts clear in the seniors on Saturday in the same team as his two brothers Josh and Sean for the first time. Picture: Megan Fisher
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