Former Kyabram, Melbourne and Norwood footballer Ross Dillon has fond memories of the late Tony Bull, who made an indelible impression on him when growing up in Kyabram.
Tony had left Kyabram before Ross had pulled on a senior jumper with the Bombers as a schoolboy in 1965 before embarking on an Illustrious career at Melbourne and South Australian club Norwood where earned state jumpers. He was greatly impressed by Tony as a football coach and person but not so much by the Kyabram Football Club committee at the time, which ended Tony's days as coach of Kyabram.
Ross recalled some of those memories in an email he sent to me last week:
“As an 11- and 12-year-old when Tony Bull first came to Kyabram, the 1958 premiership and the next wonderful years as coach of the Kyabram’s Football Club, I was inspired by him.
“My memory of his passionate coaching and playing, his terrific teammates — the Coopers, the Vicks, John Ryan, Herb Pryor, Rupe Brasher, Charlie Stewart, Bobby Gilmore, Les Sinnott, Bryan Dillon and Bob Horley — made my Saturday visits to the Kyabram recreation reserve compulsory in my Kyabram jumper.
“To get to play A grade cricket with Tony was also part of the sporting dream and I will forever remember his competitiveness and his personal decency.
“I doubted at the time the Kyabram Football Club committee's decision to terminate his services was the best decision for the club, the town or Tony.
“I am of the opinion that Tony found that decision one that he had difficulty in forgetting.
“As with Peter Kelliher, Wilf Cox and Ossie Nelson, Tony was a true Kyabram legend for whom I am forever grateful.”
It starts with the Swans
KYABRAM Football Club will launch the defence of its 2019 premiership triumph with an away game against the Shepparton Swans on April 4, 2020.
The Bombers will unfurl their latest premiership flag the following week, with an evening home clash against Rochester.
It is only one of two night games the Bombers will host for the season.
The other is against its grand final rival from this season, Echuca, in round four on Anzac Day, Saturday, April 25.
The 18-round home-and-away season concludes on August 22, with the finals series starting the following week (August 29-30) and concluding with the grand final on Sunday, September 20.
Tonny turns to dynamic duo
PARTNERS will be guiding the fortunes of the Tongala Football Netball Club’s top teams next season.
Jordan Souter will again be coaching the senior football side and his partner, Paige Wade, has just been appointed the club’s A grade netball coach.
Paige takes over from Caddison Mullholland.
It will be Paige’s first coaching role in senior netball but she has coached Tongala’s Under 17 netball side.
Paige is looking forward to the challenge and is confident support from more-experienced players, the return of star player Tracey Hughes and the further improvement and development of a lot of talented youngsters in the club augurs well.
Tongala has also announced Corey Nexhip will coach the Under 15 netball side, with Grace Hammond his deputy.
Rivals will go inter battle
INTERLEAGUE rivalry will be very much alive in the Goulburn Valley League next season.
While AFL Victoria has axed the Worksafe Community Championships, the GVL and the Ovens and Murray League are taking up the offer to continue their healthy rivalry.
AFL Victoria will still support any leagues that want to continue interleague rivalry.
GVL will host next season’s game at a venue yet to be decided.
Echuca sitting pretty with Couch
ECHUCA Football Club will have the son of a Brownlow Medallist in its ranks next season.
Joe Couch, son of the 1989 Brownlow Medallist, the late Paul Couch, is one of two prized Murray Bombers recruits for the 2020 season.
The other is Leitchville-Gunbower young gun Logan Pout.
Couch joins the Murray Bombers from Victorian Amateur Football Association side Old Geelong, where he was assistant coach.
Pout captained Victoria Country’s Under 19 side this season and had been offered a spot with Collingwood’s VFL side but wants a season in the GVL after suffering a major injury setback.
Grand plan for Friday final
COULD the Heathcote Football League stage a Friday grand final next year?
It’s early days yet but there has been talk to stage the league’s season decider on the AFL grand final eve Friday public holiday to avoid clashes with other neighbouring league grand finals.
Kyabram crushes Tatura
KYABRAM Cricket Club scored a crushing win over Tatura in last week’s second round of the Cricket Shepparton’s Twenty20 competition.
With Cade Mueller picking up 3/5 off two overs, Kyabram dismissed Tatura for just 58.
Kyabram can book is spot in the semi-finals if it can beat Numurkah tomorrow evening in the final round. The game starts at 5.30pm.