Kyabram Football Club can spend up to $185,000 on player payments for the 2017 season under the salary cap being introduced into Victorian country competitions next season.
It’s the most of any country league in the state.
Next is the Ovens and Murray League’s cap which has been set at $160,000 along with the Gippsland Football League.
The Murray League cap is $150,000.
While the Picola League has committed to the AFL Victoria points system for next season it is boycotting the new salary cap restrictions. Picola opted out of the points system for this year.
The points system has been hailed as a success but I don’t fancy the new salary cap restraints will get the same response unless every club president, committee and coach in the league puts the bigger picture above club interests which is a massive ask.
Swans get their man
SHEPPARTON Swans have opted for a well-credentialled and well-travelled non-playing coach for the next two GVFL seasons.
Paul Griffiths, who has spent the past three seasons as midfield coach of VFL club Port Melbourne under former Hawthorn champion Gary Ayres, will be in charge of the Swans.
Griffiths started his coaching career at Alexandra and has coached the Manduna Hawks in the AFL Cairns competition.
Griffiths, 42, has real passion for the game and although aged 42, admits he would still play if his body would allow it.
GV was silver plated
THE Goulburn Valley golf team finished runners-up in the Country Week Plate Division in Melbourne last week.
GV beat Murray Darling in the final round but needed the unbeaten Western side to go down to the winless East Gippsland side to earn promotion to the elite shield competition next year.
Shepparton talent Kyle Michel had a big three days and was named captain of the Victorian country side which meets South Australia Country in an interstate clash at Naracoorte at the end of this month.
Former Parkland golfer and now Mooroopna based Brett Kellow is in the Vic Country side.
In Tyson Road trusts
CONGUPNA Football Club has put its faith in Tyson McKenzie to try and lift the club from the Murray Football League doldrums.
McKenzie played with The Road for five seasons before heading south where he has stints at Warburton and Silvan and also a coaching role with Mitcham.
McKenzie intends to relocate back to Shepparton in his bid to try and lift Congupna, who went winless this season, up the ladder.
All cool at Wakool
WAKOOL Football Club will be kicking goals again in 2017.
The Golden Rivers Football League club went into recess this season due to lack of player numbers.
But it has appointed a new coach, a former Wakool player in Steve Arthur who didn’t play this season but coached Heathcote League club Elmore in 2014-15.
Gators look within
SHEPPARTON Gators Basketball Club has gone within its own ranks to appoint a new coach.
Gators star player Matt Barlett will coach the club’s Country Basketball League this summer in a non-playing role. He replaces Leigh Bathman who has performed the role for the last two years.