Kyabram Free Press
Bombers star to tackle SANFL
Morrison medallist Mick Mattingly’s move to South Australia to play next season has been a few years in the making.
Mattingly has disclosed communication with West Adelaide, the club he will play with the SANFL, has been going on since he was playing with VFL club Coburg in 2016.
‘‘They have been in regular contact with me over the past couple of years and have ramped it up lately and I’ve made the decision to go,’’ said Mattingly, who is co-coaching Kyabram this season with Brad Edwards.
Mattingly said testing himself at a better standard had been a motivational factor in his decision to take up West Adelaide’s offer.
He also said his comeback from recent ACL surgery could also speed up his return to playing because of more sophisticated treatment he will have access to when he moves to Adelaide.
‘‘I’m hoping to get back (playing) mid-season or even before if possible,’’ said Mattingly, whose season ended this year in Kyabram’s clash with Mansfield in round six.
Mattingly, 25, works for the Echuca based footwear firm Archies Footwear which also employs Kyabram footballing brothers Tom and Jack Sheldon and has both national and international sales outlets.
‘‘I will continue to work for them when I’m in Adelaide which I’m really happy about,’’ Mattingly said.
Mattingly, who joined the Bombers in 2018 and won the GVL’S Morrison Medal in 2019 in Kyabram’s unbeaten season, said he would be leaving Kyabram with a lot of fond memories.
‘‘It’s a great club and I’ll be forever grateful it gave me the chance to play in a premiership side,’’ he said.
Grand final win the only way to a flag
Tongala Football Club coach Jordan Souter doesn’t want to win a premiership without playing in a grand final.
He was responding to a clause in Murray League conditions which states a premiership could not be awarded unless there were six or more rounds of football and netball played this season.
If the season has to be cancelled the minor premier — the side that is on top of the ladder when the season is cancelled — could be declared the premier.
Murray League general manager Dale Norman confirmed this condition had been made preseason but was subject to circumstances.
With the season being completed in the timeframe now in doubt due to ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns, Tongala could automatically claim the flag as it is undefeated and on top of the ladder and six or more rounds have been decided.
But Souter said he wouldn’t want to win the flag in this manner, and it would be a hollow victory.
Tongala has not won a flag in the Murray League and its last premiership was in the Des Campbell-coached side of 1984 when it was in the Goulburn Valley League.
Davies a favourite for KDL medal
With footy and netball seasons on hold again — and in the worst case scenario finished for the year — talk in district footy circles has turned to possible league medal winners.
The word is strong in the Kyabram District Football League that Lancaster dynamo and co-coach Tom Davies is a hot favourite for the Mcnamara Medal.
The midfielder-onballer has had a stellar season and is one of the reasons why the Wombats have enjoyed an unbeaten season to date.
In his last game against Violet Town two weeks ago, Davies was credited with 47 possessions.
Girgarre coach and new Kyabram assistant coach Billy Barnes is also expected to poll well and, while he made a late start to the season, Nagambie’s Jamason Daniels should still pick up a lot of votes.
And Violet Town’s century goalkicker Josh Mellington would surely have to catch the umpires’ eyes with his consistency in bagging big hauls of goals.
City boys lost in the country
Even the best laid plans can come astray.
In a COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year, Tongala’s Melbourne-based players Nic Jamieson and Andrew Hummerston had the foresight to relocate from Melbourne to Benalla in case of further ring-of-steel type lockdowns in the metropolitan area which would prevent them from playing with Tongala.
What they were of course hoping for was that those total lockdowns wouldn’t extend to regional centres, which of course has happened and put all country league seasons in jeopardy.
Learmonth stays on — and steps down
It’s good news for the Kyabram Bombers footy netball club and not so good for the Kyabram Fire Brigade Cricket Club.
Peter Learmonth has indicated he is prepared to continue as the Bombers’ president for another football/netball at least, but is stepping down from coaching the Fire Brigade Cricket Club which he led to the last two Goulburn Murray Cricket flags.
‘‘I told the (Fire Brigade) club I would do it for only two years. I actually enjoy watching cricket probably more than coaching,’’ Learmonth said.
Learmonth said his talented sportsman teenage son Bohden would be attending Xavier College on a scholarship in Melbourne next year and that would also be taking up some of his time.
Bohden, who is still eligible for under 16s, was to have made his senior debut for the Bombers against Mooroopna last Saturday before the COVID-19 lockdown.
Netballer pads up for women's cricket
Netball great Sharelle Mcmahon’s appointment as head of women's cricket with Cricket Victoria won’t be entirely a new experience for her as far as the sport is concerned.
Sharelle is the daughter of John Mcmahon, a country cricket legend who had a long and illustrious career in the former Rochester and District Cricket Association and in country representative cricket, so her upbringing ensured she was well versed in the game.
John was a fast bowler allrounder and whenever names of Northern Victorian cricket greats pop up, his is one of the first mentioned.
Watt a double in the trots
Tongala trainer Mick Watt enjoying life at the moment.
After posting a recent win with Keayang Di Vinci at Melton, Watt produced pacer Fullofmischief for two wins last week - a win in a heat Shepparton on the Sunday and the final at Cobram last Thursday.
Reinsman James Herbertson utilised Fullofmischief’s barrier three draws to take up the front running position in both wins.
A five-year-old son of Major Bronski, Fullofmischief posted a PB 1.56.3-mile rate for the 1690m trip at Shepparton and 1.56.6 in the Cobram final.
Fullofmischief started favourite for both wins and was one of two Tongala trained pacers to win a Shepparton heat and advance to the Cobram final.
Veteran horseman Gary Merkel produced the hardy mare Roslyn Gaye for a heat win at Shepparton and in her 30th start for the season in the final at Cobram she finished third in the final to Fullofmischief. is