Euroa and Mansfield are looking forward to facing off under lights tomorrow night when their Goulburn Valley Football League season kicks off.HANNAH DRISCOLL April 11, 2014 3:05am
Euroa’s season opener against Mansfield tomorrow night carries extra weight for the club with captain Craig Bamford lining up for his 300th match.
Two new coaches in Goulburn Valley Football League, the Magpies’ Nathan Gilliland and the Eagles’ Simon Dolling, face their first real test under lights at Euroa’s Memorial Oval.
Gilliland said everyone was looking forward to seeing how they shaped up, and there was no better way than a night game at home.
‘‘Round one is always a big game, this has a bit more meaning for us this week,’’ Gilliland said.
‘‘Bamford has put in 17 years or something travelling back from Melbourne, to play 300 is a huge effort.
‘‘The boys will have extra incentive for him, but also for us it’s a new era for us as a footy club too with starting our own journey and we’ll see where it takes us, but we’ll be going out determined to do everything we can to win the game.’’
Gilliland expected to have four players out to the VFL, but twins Will and JD Hayes, who are on Footscray Bulldogs’ list, will line up alongside older brother Ben.
The playing coach also expected to debut Anthony Long on a forward flank and Adam Tarrant and Murray Bushranger Nate Trotter in the backline, while Robbie Wood and Andrew Bell will be among those making a return.
Matt Quinton fractured a fibula in a practice match and is expected to miss another six weeks, while Eagles defender Rowan Smith also broke his arm in a practice hit-out and is expected to miss another four.
Dolling was confident tomorrow’s team had a good blend of youth and veterans and would give a good account, but said the first few rounds would also be about testing the waters.
‘‘We think we’ve had a good pre-season and we’ve created a fairly good list. The proof will be on Saturday when we come up against Euroa, who’ve recruited pretty well looking at their list,’’ Dolling said.
‘‘They’ve got a couple of ins there and they’ll certainly be better than they were last year, I imagine which will be a good test for us to find out where we’re at.’’
Nathalia Secondary College principal John Sciacca will speak at Cool Heads tomorrow night about the night he came across the crash that killed Year 10 student Jess Hearn.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Shavanna Coghill, Harvey Keating, Nate MacFarlane and Holly Scoble were among children who enjoyed the first community playgroup in Rochester on Monday.
Lancaster Football Netball Club makes all families welcome.
St Mary's College staff member Rhonda Tallnash declared Queensland bush poet female champion.
Jerilderie thumped Yarroweyah by 185 points on Saturday with star forward Aaron Purcell leading the charge.
Heathcote landfill is open until Sunday for the free disposal of e-waste.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The garden is the work of more than 100 people and has taken more than a decade to complete. Aboriginal community devleopment worker Chris Thorne shared stories of Benalla's Indigenous heritage.
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