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.’’
A truck on the Hume Fwy near Benalla is still causing traffic delays.
After building his form in a consistent effort during the past 12 months, Mulwala double trap shooter James Willett has staked his claim on possible Olympic gold after taking out the ISSF World Cup last week.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
PALLIATIVE care patients are being comforted by the soft and tranquil sounds of a harp, thanks to a dying woman’s legacy.
ROCHESTER V/Line travellers can now buy tickets in their home town again.
Lions Club charity money was stolen from a Kyabram barbershop Tuesday morning.
Seymour suffers disappointing loss to Euroa
Barooga transport owner-operator Glen Kearney says he is relieved the Federal Government has abolished the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
A week after winning a prestigious Rotary award, Cobram resident Keith Parry still can’t wipe the smile off his face.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
Australian Dairy Farmers Limited has expressed disappointment at the announcement made by Murray Goulburn Co-operative about their revised opening milk price.
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