FORMER Kyabram golfer Brett Kellow, who cut his teeth in the game at Kyabram’s Parkland Golf Club, will captain the Victorian Men’s Country team in a challenge against a South Australian Country representative side next week.
The now Mooroopna-based golfer has just come off sharing a win by the Goulburn Murray team, which claimed the division title at Golf Victoria’s annual Country Week series.
The GM team played a draw against Golf Peninsula Vic and then went on to beat South Western, Ballarat and Western to claim the crown, having been elevated to the top tier of competition after winning the division two title last year.
Kellow will have another GM player, Cobram’s Cale Bovalina, for company in the Victorian team, which tackles the Crow Eaters at Mt Gambier on October 20 and 21.
Ky coaches overlooked
KYABRAM Football Club coaches missed out on a major award at the annual Goulburn Murray Coaches Association dinner last week but there were some former Kyabramites among the winners.
Paul Newman was nominated for the Senior Coach of the Year award, which was won by Nathalia coach Craig Kellow on the strength his feat of coaching the Murray Football League Purples to their third successive flag.
Kyabram thirds coach Glenn Hart was nominated in the Youth Coach of the Year (Under 13s to Under 18s) category, which was claimed by Cobram’s Rob Allen.
Another former Kyabramite, Ben Hearn, was the winner of the Junior Coach of the Year (Under 12s and below age groups) title for his efforts with the Moama juniors.
Let there be lights
PRINCESS Park, home of the GVL’s Shepparton Swans, could be staging night games as early as next season.
This is likely to eventuate after a $250,000 funding package from the next round of grants from the Victorian government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Swans president Richard Bell said his club was thrilled to benefit from the funding and would help his club keep pace with other clubs across the region and in the GVL who can stage night games.
Wren wins Rochy B&F
WHEN he decided to switch clubs Doug Wren missed out on playing in a premiership with his old side Tallygaroopna this season, but he got some consolation by winning Rochester Football Club’s best and fairest award.
Runner-up was Jackson McEwan.
Sam Frawley took the reserves award while Andy Henderson claimed the thirds award.
Ellie Cuttriss took off the A grade netball award.
All change at Nathalia
THERE has been a changing of the guard at the Nathalia Football Club.
Former Kyabram player Craig Kellow has handed the coaching reins to one of its own, Phil Carroll, after one of country football’s true success stories.
After playing in the backend of two of Nathalia’s hat-trick of premiership wins in 2005, ’06 and ’07 and again in 2012 Craig recently completed another hat-trick of premiership triumphs as coach of the Purples.
The Purples netballers have also signed gun former Kyabram netballer Steph Vick (nee O’Nial) as technical and physical advisor for next season.
Vick, the wife of former Kyabram premiership captain Josh Vick and a dual Wellman Family Medallist in the Goulburn Valley League, has some work to do as unlike its footballers its young group of netballers failed to win a game this season.
Belinda joins the elite
FORMER Kyabram multi premiership netball coach Belinda Lees now boasts the second highest qualification in the National Coach Accreditation Famework.
Belinda recently received her Elite coach accreditation, with now only High Performance accreditation rated more significant in the netball coaching field.
Lees spent eight years with Kyabram Football Club’s A grade netballers — seven as their coach — which produced four premiership wins.
She is currently working with Victorian Netball League team, Melbourne University Lightning.
Harris takes Tigers role
Rushworth Football Club export Daniel Harris will have a role in trying to lift the Tigers up the Kyabram District Football League ladder next season.
Harris, a veteran of 160 AFL games with North Melbourne and Gold Coast Suns, has taken a role as coaching advisor of the Kyabram Football League Tigers on a part-time basis.
Trotter shows Dynamic sprint
TALENTED Tongala-trained trotter Dynamic Legacy put in arguably a career-best run at last Friday night’s Ballarat meeting to notch his fourth career win.
Trained by Michael Watt, the seven-year-old was given the run of the race on the back of the pacemaker, Pretty Little Lucy, and when reinsman Michael Bellman extricated him into clear running in the home straight he left his rivals, including the odds-on favourite, Rosehill Magic, standing.
He cruised to the line nearly 12 metres clear of Rosehill Magic, with roughie Celtic Rose filling the minor placing.
Dynamic Legacy’s mile rate of 2.01.8 for the 2200m trip, which included a 59.3 last half, was a PB.
Dynamic Legacy is by Girgarre’s Niota stud stallion Great Success out of the unraced Safely Kept mare Dynamic Sensation and his grandam is the Romeo Hanover mare Aerodynamic, a winner of five of only 19 career starts.
Dynamic Legacy has now had four wins and eight placings from just the 28 starts with his latest effort suggesting possibly better things are in store.
Will finds a way
FORMER Benalla star and GVL Morrison Medallist Will Martinello has won his second best and fairest for Maribynong Football Club in the Essendon District Football League.
And football journeyman Perry Meka, well known in Goulburn Murray footy circles, has landed the coaching job at St Albans Football Club in the Western Region Football League in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Tocumwal makes clean break
TOCUMWAL Football Club will have joint non-playing coaches in 2019.
Club stalwarts David Bates and Dennis Sutton are taking the senior coaching reins from Tim Garlick, who has yet to tell the club whether he will stay on as a player.
The duo are keen to introduce a new culture at the club and doing the simple things such as leaving the visitors change rooms tidy on away games.
Not really a big deal but they all add up.
In another district coaching appointment Rumbalara Football Club has reappointed Kane Atkinson for another season.
Cricket club ready to launch
KYABRAM Cricket Club’s season launch takes place tomorrow night.
All players, officials, supporters past players and life members are invited to attend the launch, which will involve the club’s senior and junior players.
The club’s bowling coach, former Australian quick Ian Callen, will be in attendance and will help to supervise training, which will kick-off with the juniors at 5pm.
Meals and refreshments will be available.