Adam Reid joins Jeff Anderson in an on-field farewell, while Bernie Haberman reflects on recent times.CHALPAT SONTI October 3, 2012 4:51am
While Seymour will have a new coach next season, it will also say an on-field farewell to at least two other premiership heroes.
Jeff Anderson had already said this season would be his last, and Adam Reid will join him on the sidelines.
‘‘That’s it for me, my body’s spent,’’ triple premiership player Reid said.
‘‘Hopefully I can stay with the club in an off-field role.’’
The midfielder — perhaps the most popular player at the club — has had his last few seasons ruined by injuries but was his typical uncompromising self on Sunday in his 88th game.
And that was despite a head knock which meant he remembered little of the game afterwards.
Anderson isn’t sure what he’ll do next year but ‘‘there’s a house that needs renovating’’ over the summer.
He bows out a Lions legend, and a GVFL life member.
Few but Seymour supporters know what the club means to ‘‘Joffa’’, who has never accepted a cent to play for the Lions.
Retiring coach Bernie Haberman has plenty on his hands, but he knows he will still keep feeling like the coach for a while.
‘‘It doesn’t feel like it’s finished yet,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve still got the footy trip and presentation night and I’ll probably feel like I’m the coach until after that. Then the phone calls will stop with people asking me about next year and it’ll sink in then.’’
Haberman — who never quite got one over his mentor Steve Daniel on the field — will focus on business, study and family commitments, but said he would always follow the Lions’ fortunes.
‘‘Next year, it’ll be interesting to see how they go.
‘‘They’ll lose (Willie) Wheeler and (Josh) Prudden as well as Joffa and Reidy and they’ll need quality mids. No one’s irreplaceable but you look at someone like Reidy, he just gives so much.
‘‘They’ve got the forward line to do it and I think most of the players will stay.’’
And any regrets in a time that has seen three premierships, five grand finals and more than 100 games as both a coach and a player?
‘‘None,’’ he said.
‘‘Not this season anyway. I feel really comfortable being in this position.
‘‘Did I get out-coached (on Sunday)? Maybe I did but it wasn’t through lack of planning.
‘‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the nine years and this year we got things out of some of these players that we hadn’t before.
‘‘I love mentoring, it’s what I’ll really miss here and seeing the way a guy like AJ (McCarthy) came on this year really inspires me.’’
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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