Undera takes on Lancaster

By Aydin Payne

Kyabram District League returns to action this weekend and there is a feature game on offer, as the league continues its Say No to Violence round.

In partnership with the Hume Dhelk Dja Regional Action Group, the league will be holding its annual Say No to Violence Round with the feature game to be played between Undera and Lancaster at Undera Recreation Reserve.

Now in its seventh year, the round aims to raise awareness of family violence, in an attempt to prevent, reduce and respond to the act within the community.

‘‘You can’t shake a hand with a closed fist’’ is the motto for this round, as each club in the league partakes in raising awareness for family violence.

Across the grounds, senior footballers and netballers will line up pre-game for a player address.

Victoria Police will deliver the speech at the feature game.

Each player will shake hands before the game, and after the the matches the umpires will announce the player that displayed the best sportsmanship.

President Fraser Kerrins said the league was proud to be involved in an initiative that seeks to eradicate violence.

“The league is proud to be associated with this initiative and our involvement recognises the role of the football and netball community to promote responsible behaviour both on and off field,” Kerrins said.

Lancaster coach Corey Carver backed that sentiment, saying this round is a great initiative.

‘‘First and foremost, it’s a great initiative from the league and it’s something that needs to happen because violence anywhere, be that at home, work, on a night out or even a football field, needs to stop,’’ Carver said.

Undera enters this match sitting equal first alongside Tallygaroopna, with Mick Kyle’s outfit setting the league alight with its midfield dominance through to its attacking prowess.

Lancaster will look to James Ross, Nathan Torney and Zach Cerrone to bring back some valuable experience from their recent interleague match to help in its battle against the Lions.

Ross was electric on the wing last weekend and Torney was cool and calm off the half-back flank.

Carver said he was looking forward to the challenge to come out against one of the in-form teams in the competition.

‘‘It’s going to be a really good challenge against an improved side that is playing some good football,’’ he said.

‘‘For us it’s all about effort and intensity and everyone needs to be able to chip in and provide help.

‘‘We’ll need to be at our best defensively and look to rectify last round’s loss to Murchison-Toolamba.’’