Young men can be turned into great citizens with the help of country football clubs, according to a country footy veteran.ALEXANDRA BATHMAN July 1, 2014 3:04am
Young men can be turned into great citizens with the help of country football clubs, according to a country footy veteran.
Past player, coach and now Goulburn Valley Football League commentator John Ryan, 65, said he had seen a number of young men turn their lives around after being involved with a club.
‘‘In some ways football teaches more than just a game,’’ he said.
Mr Ryan has had experience in clubs across the region including Tatura, Nathalia and Kyabram.
He recalls a player in an under-16s team often in trouble with police and involved with drugs.
‘‘Most people wanted to get rid of him but we persevered. Within 12 months he had really turned around and helped us win the premiership.
‘‘I remember he came up to me after the game crying and we just hugged. He grew up to be quite clever.’’
Mr Ryan said seeing the improvements in the attitudes of some players was just as rewarding as winning a flag, if not more so.
He said a coach’s role was sometimes similar to a psychologist.
‘‘When I was a boy I was a bit of a wild one. But then I did my knee and had to stop playing and it made me realise all the opportunities I had missed.
‘‘I had to stop making stupid mistakes and I used to tell my players not to do the same things I had done.’’
Mr Ryan said he was concerned about the future of sporting clubs in rural towns and what it would mean to the smaller communities.
While he had not seen any closures in his time, the merging of some clubs was a warning sign.
‘‘These clubs are super important for young people to learn discipline they don’t seem get from anywhere else anymore and some kids just need some TLC.’’
Mr Ryan is now involved with the GVFL YouTube channel.
The channel has been a useful tool in keeping country football coverage current and accessible.
‘‘It takes footy to those who often can’t be there. They think it’s terrific.’’
UPDATE: The CFA has downgraded its advice message.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
There was a good turnout for Wednesday’s Remembrance Day service in Tatura, which saw a number of wreaths laid at the War Memorial, and the presentation to Brad Corken, of the Tatura RSL Spirit Award 2015, by president Robert Mathieson.
THE annual One and All Inclusion Day is heading back to the revamped Echuca Racecourse on Sunday.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
The lead up to the Christmas period has seen a group Moira Foodshare volunteers providing necessary food for those in need, one box at a time.
‘Peppinella’ development bigger than first planned
Watch and Act issued for Corowa and Wahgunyah near Rutherglen, urging people to leave now as conditions may worsen.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.