The region’s football and netball teams are back on the training track as they prepare for a new season. JEMIMA LEWIS talks to some of the local teams about their off-season efforts, their visions for the new year and their predictions for success ...
Nathalia Football Netball Club is determined to carry on the success of last year.
The reigning senior premiers have been training for more than a month.
Senior coach Jason Limbrick said the heat had meant more pool time.
The side has gone in hard during pre-season after losing 11 premiership players.
Limbrick said this wasn’t a shock as five of these players had announced 2012 to be their final year.
‘‘We just had guys playing their last year of footy and it happens,’’ he said.
The club has recruited but the emphasis is on sharing the load.
‘‘We have a lot of faith. We’re relying on the locals who are stepping up and may have missed out last year.’’
Limbrick said the side was showing great potential already.
‘‘There has been an outstanding level of commitment shown already just in the pre-season training. We have a lot of room for improvement but we aren’t rushing anything.’’
The club is also celebrating the appointment of 26-year-old Simon Quarrell as president.
‘‘I’m pretty sure he’s the youngest president in the league,’’ Limbrick said.
Many changes have occurred for 2013 at Nathalia but a strong community focus remains.
‘‘We will continue to implement our community program,’’ Limbrick said.
The club will participate in activities three to four times this season to help its community and township.
‘‘It’s a really good initiative — we try to support the community as (they) provide us with so much.’’
A car was stolen from the Chemist Warehouse carpark in Shepparton on Saturday while the owner was shopping for Christmas presents.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
'Suttonsville', a minitature version of Echuca-Moama made out of gingerbread at Moama's Sutton Bakery, has a growing number of admirers.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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