Kyabram Football Netball Club’s premiership awards weekend got an extra boost at the weekend with the news key forward Billy Burstin will play with the club again next season.
Burstin was contemplating a return to VFL club Port Melbourne after the Bombers’ recent premiership win but has a had a change of heart and is a certain starter again for the 2017 season.
Coach Paul Newman described the decision as ‘‘super news for our club.’’
‘‘Billy is very popular and has been great for the club and we are glad he is coming back,’’ Newman said.
Burstin had a top season with his strength and presence a vital component of the league’s most potent forward line.
Newman said with the retirement of Chris Atkins and possibly himself, the uncertainty at this stage of Axel Childs’ availability due to work commitments and Nathan Beck’s travel plans, there would be some spots up for grabs in the senior side next season.
He said the club was not looking at any heavy recruiting other than talking to former Kyabram and AFL-listed players Brad Mangan and Patrick Wearden about a return to the club.
‘‘Being locals they would be good for the player points system but we also have to be mindful of the salary cap now as well.’’
Tucker takes over
Girgarre Football Netball Club has named Tongala’s Shannon Tucker as its new coach.
Tucker replaces non-playing coach Todd Woodfine who coached the Roos for the past two seasons.
He will have another Tongala player, young ruckman Nic Mellington as his assistant.
Club president Brendan Nicholson said the club was keen to have a playing coach and Tucker, with more than 170 senior games with Tongala and a spare parts player who could be used in a variety of roles, was a good fit for the position.
The Roos won eight games this season and just missed the Kyabram League finals in their most successful season for years and Nicholson is confident the club can take another step to play finals footy in 2017.
Shepparton Football Club has already lined up its successor to current coach Brad Campbell.
Rob McCarthy who is no stranger to Goulburn Valley footy fans will take over from Campbell in 2018.
Campbell, who led the Bears into the GVFL finals series this year for the first time in 11 years, will step down after the 2017 season.
McCartney played under Peter White at Kyabram in 1998 and in 1999-2000 coached Murray League side Numurkah to successive flags. He also coached Tatura in 2013.
For the last two seasons he has been on the AFL team Hawthorn’s coaching panel working with senior coach Alastair Clarkson, Carlton coach Brendon Bolton and new Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan.
Better late than never
Kyabram wasn’t the only GVFL footy club to unveil its best and fairest winners at the weekend.
At Rochester loyal ruckman Sam Brennan took his first club award at the age of 35.
Shepparton Bears award was won by Nick Allen for the fifth time while Tim Looby took his second award for Shepparton United while BJ Squires carried off the Shepparton Swans award.
A really fresh face at Euroa
Euroa Football Club has appointed a 21-year-old to coach it next season.
JD Hayes has been named as the replacement for David Putamosi.
Hayes, who is the son of high profile racehorse trainer David Hayes who has a training establishment at Euroa, is a product of Euroa’s junior ranks.
He played with Footscray’s VFL sides this season.
Euroa club president Scott Watson said Hayes was a natural leader despite his age. He has been appointed for two seasons with an option of a third.
Hayes’ appointment has raised the question is he the youngest coach ever reported to lead a GVFL club?
Moama gets its man
Moama Football Club is hoping the history of its new coach can continue in the 2017 season.
Mark Lloyd who has replaced Simon Maddox is a well travelled very successful coach and player who has been involved in seven premiership triumphs since 2009.
He has coached Golden Square to wins in the Bendigo League, Wedderburn in the North Central League where he won the league’s best and fairest award last year as a player.
This year Lloyd lined up with Kerang which won its fifth successive Central Murray League flag.
Lloyd who is nearly 34 is expected to be a non-playing coach.
Pioneers sack Henderson
Bendigo Pioneers are looking for a new coach after Brett Henderson was removed from the position late last week.
Henderson is a widely travelled coach and was disappointed at his sacking, claiming he had the support of the majority of players, parents and supporters.
Willie big deal
Former Avenel and Seymour footballer Willie Wheeler has won VFL club Williamstown’s best and fairest award, the Gerry Callahan Medal.
The award capped a stellar season as he also won the best finals player in the finals award and State selection earlier in the season.
He beat the VFL JJ Liston Trophy winner and teammate Michael Gibbons to take the Callahan medal.
It is not the first time Wheeler has won a VFL club best and fairest award.
He took the same award playing for Coburg in 2012.