Shepparton United’s feared defensive unit just got that bit stronger.MARC MCGOWAN November 6, 2012 4:05am
New Shepparton United reserves coach Chris Keady (middle) with (from left) playing assistant Tim Looby and recruits David Gillespie, Dan O’Reilly and Ash Quinn.
Shepparton United’s feared defensive unit just got that bit stronger.
Ex-Demons defender David Gillespie is back at Deakin Reserve after winning two Picola District Football League south-east division premierships with Shepparton East.
Nathalia wingman Ash Quinn and Katandra midfielder Dan O’Reilly, who won two of the Kats’ past three best-and-fairest awards, complete United’s latest trio of signings.
They join hulking forwards Jason Eagle and Justin Carey as the Demons’ additions since the Goulburn Valley Football League season finished in September.
O’Reilly, 29, and ex-AFL player Tim Looby will be coach Marc Quarrell’s chief assistants and will guide United’s pre-season direction.
‘‘They’re all local boys from around the area and ‘Dizzy’ (Gillespie) is coming back,’’ Quarrell said.
‘‘He is a United boy and played a lot of footy here and played in a lot of premierships since he’s been away, but he’ll get his 100 games by coming back, which is really good.’’
Gillespie is not the only former Demon back, with six-time Lightfoot Medal-winning cricketer Chris Keady also returning to his football roots as the club’s reserves coach.
Keady replaces Matt Mahony, who is coaching Tallygaroopna’s senior side next season.
Quarrell said his former Purples teammate Quinn brought a prodigious left boot and line-breaking ability with him and predicted O’Reilly to spend time down back and up forward.
They will help ease the midfield load on 2010 best-and-fairest winner Shaun Huy and captain Sam Dawes.
‘‘We’ve gone and recruited players, but those boys who played last year, it’s their position to lose,’’ Quarrell said.
‘‘Everyone has to earn their spot and we didn’t have that last year.
‘‘We didn’t have enough people putting pressure on, but we’ve got that this year and that makes for a healthy club.
‘‘That’s not just about the seniors. That goes for the reserves as well. We want to get that playing group up. We want to have a big focus on our reserves group, too.’’
Quarrell said Looby, who is set to become a father for the first time, had a ‘‘terrific football brain’’ and lauded O’Reilly as ‘‘professional’’.
He said Matt Forys was still weighing up his future, but expected the veteran forward to play again next year.
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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.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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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.
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