WHILE Kyabram’s footballers have bathed themselves in glory over the past two years the town’s cricketers are also excelling.
Kyabram Fire Brigade Cricket Club will have three teams contesting grand finals in the Goulburn Murray Cricket Association this weekend.
The club has its A grade, B grade and C grade sides in premiership showdowns and all have strong chances of bringing home the bacon.
And in the Cricket Shepparton competition Kyabram Cricket Club has qualified its four teams to contest semi-finals this weekend.
All four sides won their games in the first week of the finals last weekend to get the chance this weekend to progress to the grand finals.
Bombers getting ready for take-off
SOME Kyabram footballers had their first hit-out for the approaching new season on Saturday against Ovens and Murray side Myrtleford at Myrtleford last Saturday.
With many players still involved in cricket and tennis finals the Kyabram side consisted mainly of reserves and thirds players, but they put up a spirited showing before being overrun at the finish.
Players to show early season form were Brad Whitford, Zac Norris, Nathalia recruit Bailey Bell, Connor Cowley, Locky Dillon and Adam Lovison.
The Bombers will be a lot closer to full strength for their next two practice games against Bayswater on Saturday week (March 17) and Wangaratta on March 24. Both games are being played at Kyabram.
Williams back to help Rochy thirds
GOULBURN Valley footy legend Dave Williams is easing himself back into the football scene this season with his original club.
The Rochester and Kyabram premiership coach will assist new Rochester thirds coach Corey Windridge.
‘‘He’s a good young bloke and I want to give him as much support as possible,’’ said Williams.
Williams has not coached since handing the Kyabram coaching reins to Paul Newman at the end of the 2015 season.
Prior to his seven-year coaching stint with Kyabram, which included a drought-breaking premiership for the club in 2013, Williams had already established his legend status with 16 successive years as coach of Rochester.
Williams has been a target of many district clubs in the Goulburn Valley and northern Victoria since finishing at Kyabram but has resisted all temptations up to now.
He is not sure whether putting his toe back into the coaching pool with ignite his passion to coach again but he said he always enjoyed assisting players of the future.
Prince doubles up for Blackmore
KYABRAM trots trainer Mick Blackmore enjoyed a big week last week with three wins.
He geared up giant trotter Rory McHinson for a well deserved win at his fourth race start at the Charlton Cup meeting last Sunday week, and also produced Claudys Prince for a victory at the same meeting.
Rory McHindson’s win was particularly popular and well deserved as he had two seconds and a third from his previous three career starts.
He was bred by Lancaster breeder Tony Ryan and among his owners are Kyabramite’s Roy Hindson, whom he is named after, Kyra Clark, Greg Woods, Jacki Pearce and Lyn Allen.
Claudys Prince bounced back after galloping at his previous two starts, with Blackmore explaining a return to half hopples on the trotter had achieved the desired outcome.
The Prince lined up again at the Cranbourne Cup meeting last Saturday night and won again in a tight finish.
Another recent winner from the Kyabram training complex was trainer Mark Watson’s extra smart performer Brallos Pass, who claimed his maiden MO class win at the Melton meeting last Friday week.
Brallos Pass had won the Albury Cup at his previous start and in his latest win posted a PB 1.56.3 mile rate.
He contested the Wagga Cup meeting last Saturday night but had no luck, being trapped wide for most of the race before battling gamely into fourth place.
Ryan steps down after 11-year stretch
STAR Goulburn Valley lawn bowler Mark Ryan is giving coaching a miss next year.
The Nathalia product has announced he is stepping down as coach of Shepparton Park, which will end coaching stints over the past 11 years with that club, Mooroopna and Shepparton Golf.
Caught out after social media spray
IT WAS good to see the Goulburn Campaspe Cricket tribunal dish out a pretty decent penalty to a Tongala cricketer who used social media to ridicule, degrade and embarrass some Stanhope Cricket Club players after a recent Goulburn Campaspe game.
The tribunal imposed a 10-match ban on the player and he was severely reprimanded by his club.
Hopefully he emerges from the experience a better person because I’m told his actions were a bit out of character.
I have a bit of trouble understanding and comprehending what is allowed on social media.
It seems anyone can crucify anyone through this medium with no consequences.
If some of the things I have heard that have been publicly displayed on social media were published in newsprint there would be people queuing up to throw a libel suit at the publisher and the author.
And they would probably succeed.
But you can destroy a person, his family or his/her business with unsavoury remarks on social media and get away with it.
Something is drastically wrong.
Seymour welcomes reinforcements
SEYMOUR Football Club, under new coach Nic Jewell, has had some notable losses between seasons but is rebuilding its ranks with impressive recruits.
Alex Johnston and Aiden Adams from VFL club Werribee, plus the return of several former players and some other recruits, are expected to keep the Lions more than competitive in the coming season.
Johnson is a former Greater Western Sydney scholarship and development squad member while Adams, originally from Mitta Mitta, has had three years with Werribee and is currently on North Melbourne’s supplementary list.
The Lions have also added a trio of Cairns players in Phillip Soloman, Alick Nai and Charlie Angka-Muthli to their ranks.
Nagambie premiership players from last season Kyle Winter-Irving and Harley Taylor-Lloyd and also Matt Martin have been pick-ups along with the club’s former Under 18 players Grant Hateley and James Wooster.
The Lions have lost key players in ruckman Brandyn Grenfell, Saad Saad, Hugh Robertson and last year’s best and fairest winner Harry Wheeler.
Star onballer Jason Cole is Seymour’s captain while Dylan Scopel and Ben Clifton are the vice captains.