Dees at home for prac­tice match

Southern Riverina news - - WINTER SPORTS 2019 -

Jer­ilderie Foot­ball Club will start their 2019 cam­paign with a prac­tice match against Hume Foot­ball League side Coreen Days­dale Hope­field Bu­raja United this Satur­day.

The Demons will be full of con­fi­dence af­ter a big pre-sea­son and the mid-week sign­ing of 2009 Mur­ray League premier­ship player Peter ‘Cheech’ Cochrane.

Jer­ilderie will also see the re­turn of Dave Gre­gory from Ouyen, Sam Sleigh from Uni Blues and Marc Shaw, who is re­turn­ing to Monash Park af­ter one sea­son with Fin­ley.

Jye Hol­combe, who played as a ju­nior with the Demons, is also com­ing back from Wah­gun­yah, with Cul­cairn’s Hay­den Smith set for his first sea­son with the Dees.

Jer­ilderie pres­i­dent Dean Knight said he was de­lighted to have the new re­cruits on board, par­tic­u­larly Cochrane.

‘‘Cheech played in Tocumwal’s 2009 Mur­ray League premier­ship team and has had Ovens and Mur­ray league ex­pe­ri­ence with North Al­bury be­fore hav­ing a cou­ple of years off,’’ he said.

The Demons will be led by play­ing-coach Chris Mar­shall again in 2019, with the on­baller say­ing he’s ex­cited to have the ex­pe­ri­enced livewire on board.

‘‘He (Cochrane) will give us an­other av­enue to goal, an area we were look­ing to im­prove on in 2019,’’ he said.

‘‘The added bonus of his ex­pe­ri­ence will as­sist the young play­ers in the team.’’

In other good news for the club Ben Nash has com­mit­ted to coach­ing the fourths again in 2019.

‘‘Ben has the runs on the board as a player and in de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers,’’ Knight said.

‘‘We are a cou­ple of play­ers short in the fourths so if any­one wants to play don’t hes­i­tate to get in touch with Ben or my­self.

‘‘Ben has also stepped up to be vice pres­i­dent for 2019. It’s great to see club stal­warts such as Ben give back to the club that has pro­vided him with so many great mem­o­ries over the years.’’

There will be plenty of ac­tion at Monash Park this Satur­day with the thirds foot­ball start­ing pro­ceed­ings at 11am with a train­ing run be­fore the se­niors prac­tice match at noon.

A bar and bar­be­cue will be op­er­at­ing, so any­one want­ing to get an early footy fix should come on down and sup­port the Dees in their first out­ing for 2019.

The se­niors prac­tice match will in­clude a com­bi­na­tion of se­niors and re­serves play­ers.

The re­serves have good num­bers who have com­mit­ted to play un­der coach Dick Her­cus, who is at the helm for the sec­ond year af­ter a sat­is­fy­ing first sea­son.

‘‘We started with 10 play­ers on the Thurs­day night be­fore the first round in re­serves last year and ended up in the fi­nals which was credit to Dick’s coach­ing and abil­ity to get play­ers to play for him and the club,’’ Knight said.

Foot­ball play­ers who are in­ter­ested in play­ing this year can con­tact Dean Knight on 0427 856 658.

The Jer­ilderie Net­ball Club is ex­cited to have its only A grade premier­ship coach Car­son Thomas back in charge of A and B grade squads for the 2019 sea­son.

Thomas will get his first look at the se­nior net­ballers when they have a prac­tice game also against CDBHU on Satur­day.

Thomas will be as­sisted by Keisha Mar­shall through­out the year, while Daz Wright will lead C grade and Sam McDon­ald will take the reins in C re­serve.

Net­ball pres­i­dent Mea­gan Mauger said it is im­por­tant for the net­ballers to start work­ing on their team com­bi­na­tions and match fit­ness.

She also said she was ex­cited to have Thomas on board as coach.

‘‘Car­son has six years of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the se­nior net­ball grades cul­mi­nat­ing in the Dees maiden A grade flag in 2012,’’ Mauger said

‘‘It’s also great to have Daz re­turn to the net­ball club and take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of coach­ing C grade.

‘‘Daz is rear­ing to go and will be a real force on the court her­self hav­ing had a big off­sea­son to im­prove her fit­ness.’’

In other net­ball coach­ing news Mauger will coach the Un­der 17s, El­lie Mar­shall and Skye Nash, both mem­bers of last year’s B grade premier­ship team, will lead the Un­der 13s and Michelle Baker will coach the Un­der 11s.

‘‘We have strong num­bers in the se­nior net­ball ranks, but have room for more play­ers in the ju­nior grades,’’ Mauger said

‘‘Jer­ilderie is a great club to play for, suc­cess­ful, very wel­com­ing, fam­ily ori­en­tated and com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing our ju­nior net­ballers.’’

Any prospec­tive net­ball play­ers can con­tact Mea­gan on 0457 859 294 or come down to Monash Park this Satur­day.

In Demons so­cial news the date has been set for the quadru­ple re­unions of the 1989, 1999 and 2009 se­nior foot­ball pre­mier­ships and 1999 B grade net­ball premier­ship.

The dates to set aside in your cal­en­dar are July 6 and 7 when Jer­ilderie host the De­niliquin Rovers.

The club is keen to get in con­tact with all play­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, spon­sors and sup­port­ers from these years.

Car­son Thomas is head­ing the re­union week­end up and can be con­tacted on 0429 859 220.

Jer­ilderie’s home and away sea­son starts on Satur­day, April 6 when the club takes on Kata­matite at Kata­matite.

The club will hold a golf ball drop af­ter the first home game against Pi­cola and the fol­low­ing home game against Mathoura there will be a hyp­no­tist at the clu­b­rooms.

Sam Sleigh is re­turn­ing from Uni Blues to play with Jer­ilderie this sea­son.

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