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 ...February 1, 2013 4:34am
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.’’
Three Shepparton companies have received Victorian Government grants for their innovative practises.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
The Rotary Club of Tatura has inducted four new members since the middle of last year.
Echuca tennis player Regan More and Echuca cricketer Taylor Beard are March 2014's Sportstar nominees.
Police are diverting traffic on the Midland Hwy south of Elmore following a collision between two trucks this afternoon.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Plenty of entries and an enjoyable afternoon.
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Students took to Cobram library for holiday Easter-themed craft.
Following a massive win against the Deni Rovers on Saturday, the Bloods have hit top spot for the first time since 2009.
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Two drivers were lucky to escape injury after a truck and car collided on Midland Hwy near Benalla this afternoon.
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