Sport Snaps with Gus Underwood

By Kyabram Free Press

FORMER Kyabram star Chris Atkins is joining the football coaching ranks.

Atkins will coach Western District Football League club Yarraville-Seddon Eales next season.

A triple Kyabram best and fairest winner and dual premiership player (2013 and 2016) and club Hall of Famer, Atkins has been playing with Sunshine in the Melbourne suburban Western District Football League for the past three seasons.

Now 41, Atkins said it was unlikely he would play again.

‘‘We discussed that but I think I will concentrate on just coaching,” he said.

“We (Yarraville-Seddon) have been promoted to Division 1 in the league next season so it will be a big year for us although I’m taking on a talented team.’’

Cooper second at Rich River

Young Kyabram sporting talent Cooper Gentle has finished runner-up in the Rich River Golf Club championship.

Cooper’s three-round score of 223 left him six shots short of the winner, Blair Christie, who posted 217 for his three rounds.

Gentle is also a promising footballer and one of better players in the Kyabram thirds side team this season, mainly as a mobile spring-heeled ruckman.

Colbo double in league team

THERE was a dual Colbinabbin connection to Bendigo Football League’s Team of the Decade (2010-19) named in Bendigo last weekend.

Former Colbo boy Daryl Wilson, a premiership coach at the club and a multi flag-winning coach when in charge of Strathfieldsaye in the Bendigo League, was named as coach of the team. Champion forward Grant Weeks, also a Colbo product, who starred in his day with the Golden Square club, was named in the team.

Wilson has a Kyabram connection with his mother, Margaret (nee Forbes), hailing from Ky and his late grandmother Claire Forbes a Kyabram Bombers stalwart and life member of the club.

Teen has ban reduced

AN Under 17 Rumbalara Football Club player has had an 18-week suspension reduced to 14 weeks on appeal to the AFL Victoria Appeals Tribunal.

The player copped the original ban after pleading guilty to striking two Cobram players in the Murray League grand final in September.

Rumbalara appealed the severity of the suspension period.

Murray League general manager Dale Norman was flabbergasted at the appeals board decision to reduce the sentence, claiming he was finding it hard to accept how the appeals tribunal arrived at its decision on the evidence presented.

Squire returns to Swans

BEST and fairest specialist BJ Squire is returning to the Shepparton Swans in 2020.

Squire has won Congupna Football Club’s best and fairest award in the Murray Football League for the past two seasons after snaring the same award with the Swans in the previous three seasons.

Captain in the Swans’ 2014 drought-breaking premiership side Jessie Finnin, and Tom Campbell, are also returning to the Swans’ nest under respected coach Paul Hawke.

Joint coaches at Rumbalara

MURRAY Football League club Rumbalara will have joint coaches next season.

Kane Atkinson will be joined by former AFL player Jason Traianindis in a joint coaching role at the club.

Davey to assist

DUAL club premiership player Ben Davey will be an assistant coach of Seymour Football Club next season, joining Ben Clifton in the joint role.

Jason Cole, who has been co-coach with Clifton for the past two seasons, has stepped down to concentrate fully on an on-field presence.

Davey will also coach the club’s Under 16 side next season.

Davey has had five years as Auskick co-ordinator and also with the Murray Bushrangers. For the past two two years he has been involved with North Melbourne’s AFL/VFL program.

Davey was a member of Seymour premiership sides in the GVL in 1995 and 2005 and coached the Lions reserves to the 2006 flag.

Lees joins Echuca

FORMER Kyabram premiership coach Belinda Lees is joining Echuca’s GVL netball side next season.

Lees will co-coach the Murray Bombers with another of Kyabram’s premiership line-up Steph Vick, who joined the cub this year.

Will sticks with Saints

STAR midfielder Will Martiniello has recommitted to playing with Benalla Football Club next season.

This season’s best and fairest winner joins other locals in Brody Webster, Marcus O’Brien, David Mennen, Nick Warnock and Chris Walsh to re-sign with the Goulburn Valley League Saints, who are being led in 2020 by former player Jake Palpratt.

Tenace at helm of thirds

PREMIERSHIP coach Leo Tenace will be in charge again of the Echuca Football Club thirds next season.

Echuca completed back-to-back premiership wins this season with a team that didn’t suffer a loss for the entire season.

Troy Murphy, who got Echuca reserves into a reserves grand final this season, will also be at the helm of ‘the magoos’ again.

Joint coaches Andrew Walker and Simon Maddox will again be charge of the Murray Bombers’ senior side for a third year.