Girgarre looking for young talent

March 15, 2017

Girgarre Football Club is searching for under 18 players.

GIRGARRE Football Club is searching for under 18 players.

The club is confident it can field a team every week but would love a few more permanent players.

If you are interested please contact coach Brad Canny on 0467 546 461 or president Brendon Nicholson on 0413 022 398.

PDFNL on board for now

PICOLA District Football Netball League is now on board with AFL Goulburn Murray – but only for this season at this stage.

The stand-off ended late last week when the Picola League board decided after consultation with its 17 clubs to accept AFL Goulburn Murray’s offer.

This involves the AFL Victoria player points system being effective from this season. But with just over two weeks to go before the season kick-off, there will be push from some clubs for an adjustment in player points aggregate which has been set at 48 points.

Some clubs have recruited heavily in a bid to be more competitive this season but could now exceed the player points limit as it stands at the moment.

The Picola League was the only country league not affiliated with AFL Victoria before the latest development.

Hussey to add Stars power

INFINITY Kyabram Sportstar of the Year committee has lured another well known sporting personality to be its guest speaker at its annual awards night in May.

Former Victorian cricketer and Melbourne Stars captain David Hussey has accepted an invitation to the evening on May 24.

Hussey is the brother of former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey.

More details later.

44 shots is the yardstick

ANY lawn bowlers who reckon they have had a big win can probably use this as a measuring stick from now on.

Back in 1990 the then Valley View Bowls Club correspondent for the Kyabram Free Press James Lally reported on a win by a VV pennant rink in Goulburn Valley Bowls Association’s division one competition.

The rink which comprised Herb Prior, Keith Smith, Reg Mooney and John Sherman notched a 56-12 victory over a rival Shepparton Golf rink — that’s a 44 shots win. VV had a 119-71 win that day with nearly half its score provided by this one rink.

Herb Prior, who won VV bowls titles in 1969 and 1970 and golf titles in 1970, ’71 and ’72 and is the only VV sportsman to have achieved this feat, recalled that runaway win bowls this week.

‘‘We had some top bowlers in the club in those years and we won two division one titles in the GV comp.,’’ added Herb.

Valley View now competes in the Campaspe Bowls Association.

Ardmona signs new coach

ARDMONA Football Club didn’t waste any time in appointing a new coach.

After giving new coach Sidney Aspland his marching orders recently the Cats acted swiftly to persuade club stalwart Brent Ralph to take the least wanted role in the Kyabram District Football League.

Ardmona faced a player walkout if Aspland, better known as the GVL boundary rider for ONEFM radio, continued in the job.

Eagle to fly East

SHEPPARTON East Football Club believes it has a big drawcard for its opening round match on Easter Saturday in the Picola District Football League’s south east competition.

West Coast premiership player Daniel Kerr will play a one-off game with the club against Tungamah in the opening round on Saturday, April 15.

Kerr and his controversial manager Ricky Nixon will attend a Sportsman’s night being staged that evening by the club.

Trotters are on fire

TWO more winners off the Kyabram Trotting Club training complex in the past week.

At the Wangaratta Cup meeting last Sunday pacer Fleeting Grin took his record to five wins, a second and a third in six starts he has for Kyabram trainer Mark Watson when he won the Lenny Canny Memorial pace for C2-4 class horses.

The other local winner was Major Lloyd who saluted for Fiona Widdup in a C1 Only class race.

It was Major Lloyd’s first win since November but two third placings in three starts leading up to Sunday’s race suggested another win was around the corner.

■Kyabram trained trotter Claudys Prince had to be scratched from $60 000 Group 1 ‘Need for Speed Prince’ final at Melton last Saturday night.

The Mick Blackmore trained three-year-old injured a leg in his stable the previous night which forced the withdrawal.

Claudys Prince is a full brother of Claudys Princess who has returned to racing and will step out for the second time since resuming when she defends the Kilmore Trotters Cup at Kilmore this Saturday night.

The Saints are marching in

THE chances of Benalla Football Club fielding a women’s team in a new AFL women’s competition to be managed by AFL Goulburn Murray and Central Victoria is looking promising.

The club’s first training session conducted recently by Benalla and new GVFL coach Luke Morgan drew 27 players.

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