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.’’
After spending two games in the WAFL Michael Barlow has been recalled to play for Fremantle against St Kilda this weekend.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
The Moama-Echuca Border Raiders took a big stride into the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League for 2016 with a solid, four-grade performance at Eaglehawk’s Truscott Reserve on Sunday.
THE town’s schools celebrated Education Week last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
HEATHCOTE Pre-school staff members were overwhelmed by the response to their annual Garden Express Spring Bulb fundraiser.
Arriving early at school just got a little sweeter for Barooga Public School students, with the recent introduction of a breakfast program.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
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