Bernie Haberman's farewell speech to the Lions faithful was just one of many moving moments.By Chalpat Sonti
Emotion was the main theme of the Seymour Football Netball Club presentation night on Saturday.
From the life memberships awarded to Craig Zotti and Jeff Anderson to the farewell speech from coach Bernie Haberman, there were more than a few tears shed, and not just by the recipients.
Haberman’s usual thought-provoking speech moved many at his last outing as senior coach.
After an emotional thank you to many — including senior players Anderson, Shane Schottner, Brent Colbert and Adam Reid — and particularly his family, Haberman pondered on the definition of success and failure.
‘‘The environment this club creates is what makes it a success,’’ he said.
‘‘Players come back here because of it, they become better men. Success is not what other people say about us, it’s about what we know about ourselves.
‘‘It’s about going out there and daring greatly. In the end failure only occurs if you’re not trying.
‘‘It’s been an honour, I thank you greatly for the coaching, for the playing, the life experiences that we’ve shared.
‘‘I’ve had massive highs and lows .
Both Zotti and Anderson were almost overwhelmed with their awards. A tearful Zotti said he owed the club much more than it owed him, while Anderson, who retired from playing after the grand final loss to Tatura, received it from his great mate Schottner, who claimed to have a cold that gave him the sniffles.
Stu Locke, who was unable to make the night, joined Zotti and Anderson as life members and expressed his gratitude by text message to the gathering.
Other awards included netball club person (Josie Gunn), Lions Pride (Sandra O’Sullivan), club person (Chris Martin) and trainers award (Ash Walsh).
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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