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April 05, 2018

Kyabram District Football League coach Mark Patten is determined to improve his side's number 30 ranking in the interleague competition.

Stanhope Football Club legend Mark Patten is no stranger to winning games of football.

The three-time Kyabram District Football League premiership coach will lead the league’s tilt at moving up the AFL’s league rankings.

The KDFL is taking on Colac and District Football League on May 19, looking to make it back-to-back wins after an 85-point triumph against Golden Rivers Football League last year.

Patten coached the Lions from 2002 to 2010 and oversaw three premierships in that span, his side winning the 2003, 2007 and 2008 flags.

He will also coach Stanhope’s reserves side this season.

But there’s plenty of work to do for the KDFL interleague side, ranked just number 30 in AFL Victoria’s official interleague rankings.

Meanwhile, Dean Wileman continues the Stanhope theme of the KDFL appointment, the Lions’ under-18s coach to front the league’s under-18s against the CDFL.

Wileman has coached the thirds for the past four years, including to a 6-9 win-loss record last year.

The KDFL didn’t play under-18s at last year’s interleague championships with Golden Rivers not fielding a team.

In netball appointments, Tallygaroopna’s Fiona Down will coach the open side against Colac.

Down has played more than 300 games with the Redlegs, the highly respected coach fronting the side after missing last year’s grand final with breast cancer.

Lancaster’s Zoe Backway will coach the 17-and-under side, with Avenel’s Helen Dawson to head the 15-and-under team.

League president Wayne Ryan said his organisation had found quality units to front the various teams.

‘‘We are very pleased with our interleague coaching line up for this year’s campaign with quality people and quality coaches putting their hands up to be involved,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘It’s going to be a very expensive exercise to take five teams away to Colac, but as a league we are committed to giving our best players the opportunity to represent their clubs and their league in a higher standard.

‘‘We have high expectations on our senior football and open netball teams and we will again not be taking interleague lightly.

‘‘All coaches will be monitoring early season form over the next few weeks while putting together their coaching teams for the games.’’

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