FOOTBALL is returning to the town with the Kyabram Football Club playing its one and only practice match for the season this Saturday.
The Bombers will host Bayswater Football Club, a member of suburban Melbourne’s Eastern Football League.
There will be two games with the reserves starting at 3pm and the seniors at 5pm.
Bombers coach Paul Newman said several players won’t be available but it would still be a strong side.
Those senior players who will be missing on Saturday are Jake Reeves, Kayne Pettifer, Lochie Smith, Aaron Hayes, Nick Coulstock and Axel Childs and high profile recruits and former Kyabram players Brad Mangan and Patrick Wearden.
Last season’s thirds players Brad Whitford, Ben McDonell and Luke Darling are in a possible Kyabram line-up for the game.
Newman said the Bombers were still negotiating with Strathmore Football Club for a clearance for Brad Mangan and some players who will be missing are either injured or have other commitments on the day.
New recruits likely to play in the game are Tongala’s Adam Lovison and Kyle Halliwell.
Newman said a possible Kyabram line-up for Saturday is:
B: B Edwards, J Vick, T Sheldon
HB: R Clark, A Lovison, J Morgan
C: B Whitford, J Williams, L Barrett
HF: B McDonell, B Burstin, L Morris
F: L Darling, H Gemmill, K Mueller
Followers: Z Norris, T Holman, L Ogden
Interchange: J Pell, D Barrett, K Halliwell
Jedd’s all Wright with going it alone
THE batting heroics of Katandra batsman Jedd Wright in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield recent semi-finals has revived memories of some similar one man (and female) batting feats down the years.
Wright slammed an unbeaten 82 in his team’s score of 5/93 to cover Central Park-St Brendan’s score of 89 which lifted his side into the premiership showdown against Old Students last weekend.
Wright didn’t get much support in pulling off the win with three teammates making ducks.
Recently in Premier League cricket in Melbourne former Wangaratta cricketer Simon Hill made 137 in Camberwell Magpies score of 172 against Fitzroy-Doncaster.
Seven teammates made ducks and eight was the next highest score.
The former Kyabram District Cricket Association also had a batsman in a minor grade that dominated an innings some years back.
I can’t get my hands on the exact scores at the moment but playing for Koyuga Paul (Bert) McGann made something like 70 of his team’s score of 75.
But a South African teenager called Shania-Lee Stewart’s effort takes some beating.
She scored 160 of her team’s score of 169 with not one of her teammates contributing a run – the other nine runs she didn’t make were sundries.
Mueller breaks into top 10
TALENTED Kyabram Cricket Club batsman Kyle Mueller has had a top 10 finish in Cricket Shepparton’s highest individual award, the Bert Lightfoot Medal.
The stylish left handed upper order batsman, who made 434 runs for the season, finished ninth in the count but only four votes from the winner, Mooroopna captain and allrounder Paul Marshall.
At the awards night last week Marshall came with a late rush of votes to win the medal with 14 votes by a vote from Numurkah star Liam Gledhill.
Shepparton United’s Rehan Bari and Katandra’s Jedd Wright were next best with 12.
Tatura coach Tim Kelly with 553 runs at an average of just 12.9 took the batting aggregate award while Central Park St Brendan’s took the batting average with 480 runs at an average of 60.
Karramomus legend Chris Keady with 28 wickets at average of 11.75 took the bowling average award.
At the award night former Stanhope Cricket premiership coach and Central Park St Brendan’s stalwart Rohan Larkin was awarded Legend status of Cricket Shepparton, an honour the former Victorian batsman richly deserved.
Before he retired from playing two years ago Larkin played in nine Central Park St Brendans premiership winning teams in the 2000s.
Byrnes to shine for one night only
GEELONG premiership footballer Shannon Byrnes is another big name player who will strip for a one-off game in the Picola District Football League this season.
Byrnes will line-up with Katamatite against Katandra on April 13. It’s a Thursday night game which starts at 7.20pm.
Byrnes played in two premiership sides in his 108 games with the Cats and also 23 games with Melbourne in a 131 games AFL career which ended at Melbourne in 2014.
Livewire signs at Euroa
EUROA has lured a livewire Northern Territory player to its ranks this season.
St Mary’s star Francis Kinthari has committed to the Magpies and turned his back on the offer from NT Thunder which competes in the North East Australian Football League in the winter months.
Kinthari, who is a St Marys teammate of Euroa big man Trent Storer, is predicted to prove a slippery customer for GVL defences this season.