GVL’s Top 50 players
John JR Ryan’s top 50 Goulburn Valley League players:
A move back into the forward half has paid dividends for Jack Henderson, with the former Deniliquin Rams junior being named in the VFL Team of the Year last week.
There is plenty of action to be consumed at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Saturday outside of the senior football and A-grade netball Kyabram District League clashes.
The long road to redemption is almost over for Kyabram District League A-grade outfit Stanhope when it takes on Dookie United this weekend in the grand final.
The Goulburn Valley League’s night of nights is on Monday and Outside The Box has readers covered today with an in-depth Morrison Medal preview.
Benalla is getting the band back together, with premiership player Jake Pallpratt set to return to his hometown club after signing on for his first senior coaching role with the Saints.
From sixth on the ladder, Picola United is heading to the Picola District Netball League A-grade grand final. To be the champion, you have to beat the champion, and that is exactly what the Blues did in Saturday’s preliminary final, knocking off...
Benalla’s Goulburn Valley Hockey Association B-men’s division dynasty goes on the line today at McEwen Reserve. Rarely does a team chasing a third premiership in a row goes into a grand final as anything other than a raging favourite, but the Tigers — by their own admission — concede Echuca-Moama has been the most impressive team in the competition this season. But that does not mean Benalla is giving up hope of success. ‘‘They’re all keen, they’re all excited,’’ Roxanne Dowe, who presided over Benalla’s last two flags as club president, said. ‘‘We’ve got some young kids that have played the last couple of years so to make it three for them and the old ones, who a couple are nearing the end of their careers, would be really good.’’ Playing coach Martin Gillies agreed. ‘‘It could go either way, we probably are the underdogs in the sense that Echuca hasn’t lost a game this year, but it comes down to heart and determination and I think Benalla’s got that and I think we’re in with a real chance to actually get it,’’ Gillies said. ‘‘The couple of times we’ve played them we’ve been very short and they’ve actually pummeled us quite badly, but I think the first game we played was very tight and very close and the last game we played we were actually leading and they came back and got on top of us.’’ The Tigers defeated Shepparton Youth Club 3-2 last week to win their way through to today’s decider, while the River Rats last took to the pitch on August 25 in a 7-0 win over Mooroopna. ‘‘We haven’t played a lot in recent weeks,’’ Echuca-Moama player Adam Thompson told the Riverine Herald. ‘‘We’ve played twice in the last five or six weeks, which is not ideal. But we’ve earned our opportunity through how we have played this year. ‘‘There is a really good feeling around our group, we have earned our spot in the grand final off some really good form, we went undefeated through the season and that gives us a lot of confidence going into the final.’’ • Echuca-Moama will search for a fourth successive premiership in the B-women’s division when it takes on Mooroopna, although this potential flag would have a different flavour. The past three have been claimed as Echuca-Kyabram, but the River Rats are still keen to add more silverware to their bulging trophy cabinet. ‘‘We’re feeling quite confident about the contest,’’ Echuca-Moama coach Troy Kenny told the Riverine Herald. ‘‘We’ve had a few tough matches against Mooroopna so far this season, it’s put us in a good position for the grand final and now we are really looking forward to the clash. It gives us the feeling we can do something special. ‘‘We’ve gone in not dwelling on the past. ‘‘We’ve been focused on what is happening this season and building ourselves up for having a successful year. We’ve focused on going one week at a time and getting our game right.“ It was Mooroopna the River Rats defeated last season in the grand final, although, when the sides clashed last month, the Cats snared a 4-2 triumph.
Every league the News covers has now entered the cauldron of finals football — and that means it’s time to debut a new award.
Echuca co-coach Simon Maddox is hopeful his side can take away plenty of belief from its 17-point defeat to Kyabram on Saturday.
For the first time this season, the heart rate of Kyabram supporters went into overdrive as their side held off a gallant Echuca in Saturday’s qualifying final.
Shepparton’s Garry Jacobson lives life in the fast lane as a racing car driver, but he feels just at home driving a bus. Tyler Maher talks to one of the most promising up-and-coming talents in the V8 Supercars Championship about taking time out...
A man was located with life-threatening injuries on the Murray Valley Highway in Cohuna. It is believed the incident happened about 6am but the man was unable to be revived and died at the scene. More to come
Homicide Squad detectives have charged an Echuca man with murder following the death of another man in Daltons Bridge near Cohuna yesterday. A 29-year-old Daltons Bridge man was located with life threatening injuries at an address on Easton Rd...
Emergency services are responding to a major collision on the Goulburn Valley Hwy near Gillespies Rd. The highway is closed in both directions and is under Victoria Police control. It will re-open when it is safe to do so. Drivers have been asked to...