Kyabram Free Press
Colours are the right fit
There will be a touch of Kyabram at the AFL grand final in Perth this Saturday.
Christy Lucas, wife of former Kyabram footballer David Lucas, will be decked out in a Melbourne-coloured jumper to cheer on the Demons against the Western Bulldogs.
The jumper was worn by Des Pollock when Gunbower beat Cohuna for the Northern District Football League flag in 1965 and later found its way to the Lucas family in Western Australia.
Des actually sent the jumper west in 2013 to then eight-year-old Hunter Lucas, son of Christy and former Kyabram and Nathalia premiership ruckman David Lucas.
Hunter at the time was barracking for Melbourne but has since changed allegiances to the Western Bulldogs.
So, daughter-in-law Christy snapped up the chance recently to don Des’s No. 22 Gunbower jumper when attending the AFL preliminary final at Optus Oval in Perth in which Melbourne blitzed Geelong to book a spot in Saturday’s grand final.
And Christy, daughter of Kyabram’s Graeme Warren, will be there again supporting Melbourne — and of course sporting her father-in-law’s jumper — along with her hubby.
Hunter, who is also displaying some footy traits of his father, who was runner-up in a Sandover Medal in the Western Australian Football League at the end of his career, will be on the Western Bulldogs bandwagon.
Des Pollock wore the jumper No. 22 with distinction in the 1965 Northern District Football League grand final when he was awarded beston-ground honours in Gunbower’s win over Cohuna. Des, who lives in Tongala these days with wife, Elaine, last played with Gunbower in 1970.
Gunbower and Leitchville joined forces in 1995 to become Leitchville-gunbower, which competes in the Heathcote District Football League these days.
The Lucases’ eldest son, Jett, is working so won’t be attending the game.
Kyabram owners cheered home Bon’s A Pearla in one of the feature races at Caulfield last Saturday.
Terry and Marg Nepean, Mark and Jodie Schumann and Tony Hansen are part owners of the filly, who claimed the $300,000 Guineas Prelude at the juicy odds of 30/1.
Bon’s A Pearla, who won at her previous start at Sandown when she was a 14/1 shot, has had just the four starts and is now being set for the lucrative Thousand Guineas on October 12.
Wines and beer
Tongala premiership footballer David
Connally got some nice free publicity for his Echuca Hotel in the Sunday Herald Sun at the weekend.
David has created special spots in his pub to honour Echuca’s Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines and also Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver who finished third in the count on Sunday night in what was a great read in a double page spread written by Matt Turner.
Ollie actually donated 10 barrels of beer to the Echuca Hotel last year from a Fox Footy award for being adjudged best on ground in Port Adelaide’s qualifying final win over Geelong.
David is now going to reciprocate when Ollie gets home, and 300 people can attend a function to honour the former Echuca player.
’s journey to the most decorated individual award in the AFL
And just on Ollie Wines, former AFL star Brendan Goddard nominated Ollie at the start of the season to win the Brownlow when he was an 80/1 shot.
David is the son of Kyabram’s Leo and
Jeanette Connally and runs a great pub — when he can open it.
Not much rain
Rain was scarce over the weekend, with just 2mm being recorded at the Kyabram Weather Station overnight Friday into Saturday morning.
It took the total for the year to 317.6mm, which is just below the 339.5mm registered at the same time last year.
Kyabram had received 16.2mm for September up to Monday, which is well short of the average for this month of 41.2mm.
Kyabram’s wettest September on record was in 1916, with 126mm, while the driest was 6mm in 1946.
Mixed fortunes for growers
While a boom year is tipped for grain growers in many parts of Australia some areas have missed out on vital rains.