Euroa’s Collingwood star Jamie Elliott has been hearing good things about the Goulburn Valley League Magpies this season. Elliott was back in his hometown yesterday for two clinics with local school children.May 6, 2014 4:00am
Euroa’s Collingwood star Jamie Elliott has been hearing good things about the Goulburn Valley League Magpies this season.
Elliott was back in his hometown yesterday for two clinics with local school children.
He was joined by six fellow Collingwood players, including Tallygaroopna-raised Steele Sidebottom.
The 21-year-old said he had not crossed paths with new Euroa coach Nathan Gilliland, but liked the recent optimism that had come from Memorial Oval.
‘‘I didn’t have much to do with Nathan Gilliland when I was playing here, but what I’ve heard from all reports he is doing a great job and he’s a great bloke, so Euroa will hopefully have a good year because they’ve struggled in the past, but all things are looking up at the moment,’’ Elliott said.
Euroa is sitting in fourth on the GVFL ladder with two wins from three games and will travel to Tatura to this Saturday.
Elliott said he hoped to get back to his hometown to watch a game or two later in the season.
‘‘I haven’t got back so much in this past year because I haven’t had much time lately, but I’ll catch a few games if I have a weekend off,’’ Elliott said.
‘‘Hopefully towards the end of this year when we’re playing more Friday and Sunday games there will be a window to watch the boys play.
‘‘I didn’t have to drive up from Melbourne this morning so it saves me the travel, but it’s always good to get back here and have a bit of fun with the kids is another plus.’’
The high-flying forward has had an impressive start to the AFL season, kicking 17 goals and taking another Mark of the Year contender against Geelong in round three.
Elliott kicked three goals and took 11 marks in a standout display last Friday night as the Magpies thrashed arch-rivals Carlton.
Sidebottom has also played a key role in Collingwood’s revival since its huge round one loss to Fremantle.
As Collingwood sits out next week with a bye, Sidebottom is using the spare time to get home and see family.
Sidebottom will be a guest speaker at a function before this weekend’s Kyabram District game between Tallygaroopna and Violet Town.
Former Collingwood forward Anthony Rocca will play his second game for the Redlegs after kicking six goals against Stanhope last year.
‘‘I went and watched two of my brothers (Josh and Trent) on Saturday who still play at Tally, but they got a bit of a flogging,’’ Sidebottom said.
‘‘They’re not travelling too good, but they’ve got big Rocca playing for them this week, so hopefully they can get their first win.
‘‘Me and Beamsy (Dayne Beams) will be there for that one, so it should be a good day and hopefully they get a decent crowd down there and we can see my brothers have a win.’’
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