Shaun Kane is enjoying his season with Shepparton South in Regional Premier League, being relatively injury-free and banging home goals.MATTHEW GALEA June 25, 2014 3:15am
To date, this year has been Shaun Kane’s best in Goulburn North East Football Association’s Regional Premier League.
The Shepparton South front man arrived as a direct replacement for Craig Carley, who opted to join Goulburn Valley Suns, and he has not disappointed.
Nine goals in 10 games has been a healthy return for the Scotsman, who so far has seen his stint in Shepparton stifled by injury and littered with heartbreak.
Kane signed for Shepparton Soccer Club in 2011 and played three seasons with the Reds before joining the Southerners this year, after Shepparton opted not to field an RPL side.
In those three seasons, Kane played in two losing grand finals, first a 5-0 loss to a less fancied Cobram Victory in 2012 and then last season’s heartbreaking 3-1 loss after extra-time against Shepparton United.
‘‘The first one was a pasting, but it was an odd one because the team was full of confidence at the time,’’ Kane said.
‘‘The lead up to it, the team was playing so well and we really thought if we played our game we’d win it, but we showed up expecting to win.
‘‘Last year, I think United were always favourites and the boys played great in the final, but it just came to fitness.’’
Fitness has been a concern for Kane for most of his career.
The 26-year-old remembers battling through injuries even in his division one United States college soccer days in New York, where he played at University of Albany for four years.
‘‘My injuries sort of started there, but my second season was good. I was one or two goals shy of top goal-scorer and it was the fittest I’ve felt,’’ Kane said.
‘‘But after that, injuries plagued me.’’
However, fewer games and a better understanding of his body has allowed Kane to thrive this season and he hopes to cap it with a premiership.
‘‘There’s a good buzz and we’re playing well,’’ Kane said.
‘‘We’ve been getting results, we’re playing some good attacking stuff and working hard for each other.
‘‘Hopefully it’s third time lucky for me. We’ve definitely got the squad to do it and we’ve beaten every team, but as I learnt in my first season, finals are a different story.’’
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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