KYABRAM Football Netball Club’s recent Hall Of Fame evening drew a lot of people from all over Australia.
One of the inductees Shane Fitzsimmons had supporters from Darwin and Perth attend the evening.
Russell Ellen, a former West Perth teammate of Shane’s, made the trip from Perth. He is the current director of the West Perth Football Club.
Originally from the Wimmera township of Marnoo where his playing football career started, Russell is a former Essendon player who played 35 games for the Bombers between 1973 and 1977.
He was a teammate of Shane’s at the West Perth Football Club between 1978 and 1983.
He also played with Wembley in Western Australian Amateur Football League, Lexton in the Lexton Football League in Victoria and also in the Broken Hill League.
Russell spoke in glowing terms on Shane’s football career at the function, particularly on their time together at West Perth where they struck up their lasting friendship.
Shane sister, Trish Pearson, and her husband Mick also made the trip from Darwin to be with Shane for the induction.
Hawkins will be missed
FORMER Kyabram and District Association representative players will be saddened to learn of the death of Geoff Hawkins.
Geoff and his late wife Shirley were two of the association’s keenest and most vocal supporters when its teams competed at the annual Melbourne Country Week series.
They rarely missed a game for two decades or more.
They were there in the years when the association moved through the Melbourne Country Week tiers of competition to finally claim the Holy Grail of Victorian country cricket — the Provincial Group title — in 2002, beating such country heavyweights as Ballarat, Mornington Peninsula, Albury-Wodonga, Geelong and Bendigo to gain the historic victory.
After that win Geoff and Shirley were invited by the association to attend a civic reception in Kyabram organised by Campaspe Shire to celebrate the win.
Although living in Melbourne Geoff followed the KDCA fortunes because he lived for a period in the 1930s at Merrigum.
He always threw in some money at the end of each country week campaign to shout the Kyabram players a drink or two which was greatly appreciated.
Long serving KDCA player and team manager Peter Raglus said Geoff and Shirley had been great supporters of the KDCA during the association’s halcyon years and their support had been appreciated and respected by the players.
‘‘Geoff really barracked hard for us in every game,’’ said Raglus.
Geoff’s funeral is tomorrow in Melbourne.
IN THE Goulburn Murray Cricket Association, Kyabram Fire Brigade is building up to another season in a bid to shake off runner-up status in the last two seasons.
Club captain Danny Kent said the club would have two new overseas (English) recruits and were hopeful of securing two star players from a club within the association for the new season.
Murphy prepares for Bendigo
YOUNG Moama cricket talent Todd Murphy will play cricket in Bendigo this season.
He will line-up with Sandhurst Cricket Club in a bid to further his blossoming cricket career.
The son of former Moama, Tongala and premier league player Jamie Murphy, Todd is likely to be back on the national stage again this season after being named recently in Cricket Victoria’s Under 17 country squad.
Getthenet gets another win
FOUR-YEAR-OLD trotting mare Getthenet chalked up another win for Kyabram trainer Graham Lyon with a strong win at last week’s Charlton meeting.
Off a 20m handicap reinsman Damien Wilson worked the mare from midfield outsider the pacemaker and she held on to beat the backmarker in a tight finish to register her sixth career win – with 10 minor placings – in only 22 starts.