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.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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