KYABRAM Cricket Club players are to play on the Kyabram recreation reserve for the first time this season when they play host Katandra in a crucial Cricket Shepparton final Haisman Shield home-and-away round clash starting this Saturday.
There will he added interest in the clash as Kyabram has to win to be a chance to play in its first Haisman Shield finals series since joining the Cricket Shepparton association five years ago.
The only concern this week was for the ground to be mowed for the game after the council mower broke down last week.
‘‘The council is confident the ground will be in order to play this Saturday and the club is really looking forward to getting back on its home ground,’’ Kyabram Cricket Club president, Andrew Porch said this week.
‘‘We have been rolling the wicket and the outfield has been really the only concern.’’
The ground has been out of order this season while an elevated new turf wicket block of four pitches has been installed and given time to settle down.
Kyabram should have plenty of support on Saturday.
There has been some good feedback for the planned reunions of three Kyabram Cricket Club premiership teams set down for that day.
There is a forty year reunion of the 1977 A grade side, a 30 year reunion of the A Reserve side and a 10 year reunion of the B grade side when these were competing in the former Kyabram District Cricket Association
Players listed below or officials of these teams have an invitation to attend the Kyabram recreation reserve on Saturday afternoon and watch the current Kyabram A grade side play its first game for two years on the revamped oval and new wickets.
Official evening celebrations will kick off in the clubrooms at 6pm.
Anyone with any inquiries can contact one of the reunion organisers Peter Ryan on 0438 914591.
The premiership sides which will be celebrating are:
A Grade (1976-77) – Bob Ferguson (captain), Russell Johnson, Graham King, Trevor Stone, John Calley, Gus Underwood, John Timms, Rob Asplin, Kelly O’Donnell, Ken Clapham, David Collins (vice captain) Tom Connors and Ern Purdey (president).
A Reserve (1986-87) – Rob Asplin (captain), Russell Johnson (vice captain), Brendan Sleeth, Michael Baker, Craig Hilder, Leigh Wilkinson, Terry Hamilton, Phil Coble, Brian Cook, Gary McKenzie, Daryl Lucas, Steve Kightly.
B Grade (2006-07) – Peter Ryan (captain), Greg Ross, Zane Coventry, Billy Hatzie, Brendan Ryan, Peter Brewer, Chris Usher, Frank Ryan, Gary McKenzie, Benny Gugliotti, Emil Somers, Norm Brewer and John Roberts (president).
Calypso flavor to Mooroopna’s line up
GOULBURN Valley Football League battler Mooroopna is hoping to boost its goalkicking power this season.
It has recruited West Indian born Romain Grenville who has kicked a total of 138 goals in the past four seasons including 33 goals for Broadford in the Riddell Football League last season.
Cats coach Dale Osborne mentored Grenville when he coached Burnie in the Tasmanian State League in 2015.
Other Burnie players from that year in Nick Mitchell and Clint Riley will also join the Cats this season. Mitchel is a midfielder who can push forward and kick goals.
Osborne believes Grenville has the ability to kick 80 to 100 goals this season even though the Cats’ total goals during the 2015 season amounted to just 129 goals.
Back with a menace
IT’S been a long time between starts let alone wins for Kyabram owned trotter Imamenace.
The Peter and Carmel bred and owned six-year-old made the harness world sit up and take note in 2014 when he claimed the final of the $50,000 Vicbred Super Series for three-year-old colts and geldings at only his second start.
But the giant trotter has been plagued with problems ever since.
So that’s why wins don’t come much more satisfying than the one which Shepparton horseman Peter Cormican achieved with the giant trotter at the Shepparton meeting on Sunday.
Having his first start for over two years, the six-year-old, driven by Greg Sugars, stepped straight to the front and was up to a challenge from the John Hallam trained favourite Scorching Along in a two-horse war down the home straight.
Imamenace didn’t break the clock with his win, but that was the least of Cormican’s worries.
Getting him back to the track has been Cormican’s main agenda with the massive son of Eilean Donon and any early wins could be classed as a bonus.
We have the PDFL covered
PICOLA Football Netball League is to do what the Goulburn Valley Football League wouldn’t - strike a deal with the McPherson Media Group to live-stream both the north-west and south league grand final this year as well as their medal counts.
The League will also be included in the weekly Shepparton News Footy Show with David Fox and John (JR) Ryan which kicks off in March.
McPherson Media Group is also sponsoring the Picola League for the next two years.
The Goulburn Valley Football League recently knocked back a similar proposal by McPherson Media, because of a fear it may affect finals gate takings which were down last year.
Dunstan’s in, Wong’s not on yet
WHILE the future of James Wong’s future at Shepparton Football Club is still unclear the Bears have announced the signing of a big recruit – figuratively and literally.
Giant key forward Sam Dunstan is bound for the Bears den.
At nearly 200cm he can hold down a key forward role or play in the ruck. He played with Donald in the North Central Football League last season but did apprenticeships with Bendigo Pioneers and North Ballarat.
Shepparton has goalsneak James Wong on a two year contract, but Wong wants to break it after one year so there’s a lot of negotiations to go yet to sort it all out.
Laidley lobs at HDFL
IN A major coup former North Melbourne Football Club coach Dean Laidley is to coach the Heathcote District Football League in this year’s Victorian Community Championship interleague clash.
Heathcote is hosting Central Murray League in a battle between the 19th and 20th ranked leagues in the State.
Laidley spent seven seasons coaching the Kangaroos and also has had assistant coaching roles with Carlton, Port Power and St Kilda.