Could Tonny become sons of the west, in red, white and blue?

November 04, 2016

The proposal for Tongala Football Netball Club's jumper change will be voted on at the club’s annual general meeting.

Will Tongala Football Netball Club break from tradition and swap to Western Bulldogs colours in the future?

The proposal for the jumper change will be voted on at the club’s annual general meeting on Tuesday night, November 14.

The meeting starts at 7pm.

Blues president Darren Maloney said if successful the change could lead to an official affiliation with the Western Bulldogs with associated activities.

Conditions for the swap would involve naming rights to H W Greenham and Sons Pty Ltd Tongala meat works.

Greenham which has been a generous sponsor of the club for many years would also accept a three-year deal of not only naming rights but sponsorship funding.

Maloney said the decision whether to adopt the proposal was in the hands of the members and they needed to attend the annual general meeting to express what they wanted.

‘‘I believe this is a very good deal for the club. I know in the past some club members have been against it but everyone can have their say at the annual general meeting.’’

Several years ago the then president of the club Barry Nexhip was strongly opposed from a move by the Numurkah Football Club – also known as the Blues and with similar colours – for Tongala to find a new jumper.

Nexhip and his committee at the time wouldn’t hear of it but the club agreed to replace its dark blue colours with light blue to avoid a straight clash with Numurkah.

Nexhip is still sceptical about the latest proposal.

‘‘I think the club needs more time and more details before rushing into a decision. There is a lot of i’s that need dotted and t’s crossed before I would support it,’’ said Nexhip.

‘‘I would like to see what is being offered being put in writing and signed by all parties involved. The deal is only for three years but there will be no going back if the colours are changed although I know Peter Greenham (owner of Greenham) would be a man of his word,’’ Nexhip added.

Greenham is also a sponsor of the Western Bulldogs.

First casualty

First fall-out from the almost embarrassing depth of talent in the Kyabram Football Club ranks this season has occurred with elusive small man Andrew Ciavarella planning to switch to rival GVFL club Tatura next season.

Ciavarella was one of several unlucky players who missed the senior grand final selection cut and played in the reserves runner-up side on grand final day.

He polled 10 votes in this season’s Morrison Medal.

Kyabram coach Paul Newman is well aware many Kyabram players will be approached about a move next season but is confident most will stay around the club.

‘‘There is going to be some gaps from this season’s side that we will have to fill and which will provide opportunities for those who really want to grab their chance,’’ Newman said.

One new recruit the Bombers have signed on is Tongala defender Adam Lovison who previously played thirds with Kyabram and was in their 2009 and 2010 grand final teams.

High five for GVFL?

Could the GVFL return to a final five next season?

The prospect hasn’t been ruled out and will be one of the issues the league board will be dealing with in the off season.

League chief David Roff said the board and club representative would look at reconstructing the finals format and no doubt a final five will be on the agenda.

It’s the fairest format with the minor premiership earning the first week off and the remainder of the finals reverting to the former page system.

The pros and cons of night finals will also be a discussion point for the point no doubt much to the pleasure of Kyabram chief Peter Croxford and his Echuca counterpart Brett Stevens.

Cooma connects four

Cooma Cricket Club created some club history last Saturday.

All four Cooma teams in the Goulburn Murray Cricket competition won their games.

While it is fielding four teams in the GM Cricket for only the second year club president Russell Barrett confirmed the club had not had four wins on the same day previously.

Barrett said it was very heartening for the club’s future to be successful at all levels.

‘‘We have a lot of good young players at the moment and it’s looking good for our club.’’

Tigers go for Garlick

Murray Football League club Cobram has appointed joint coaches for the 2017 season.

Tim Garlick and Gary Downie will co coach the Tigers.

Garlick captained the side this season and Downie was a senior assistant coach and both are keen to try and build on the club’s strong junior ranks in recent years.

A win at long last

When you have eight top finishes in 10 starts and you haven’t had a win, a change of fortune is always anticipated.

That’s what happened at Thursday night’s Shepparton trots meeting when Phirey Philta saluted in style for Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore.

The four-year-old Courage Under Fire mare, driven by top reinsman Chris Alford, broke her duck in style with a dominant all-the-way win in a CO only class race over the 1690m trip.

Alford fully utilised the mare’s barrier one draw to hold off the early challengers then dictate the terms from then on which included a slick 27.8 third split which left a few of her rivals gasping.

At the judge she had nearly five metres to spare over the runner-up, the David Aiken trained Josh Aiken driven Moremi Miss at the finishing post and her mile rate of 1.56.7 was the quickest posted at the meeting.

Mt Scobie dairy farmers Phil and Tracey Wade bred, own and race Phirey Philtra who is from the former smart race mare Ceratophyla, a 16 times winner, who has left one other winner from four foals to make it to the races.

Sun shines at Seymour

There actually was some action in the Seymour Cricket Association last Saturday.

The first two Saturdays of the season were both washed out but the weather was a bit kinder to the sporting fraternity last weekend.

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