Goulburn Valley interleague coach Travis Ryan doesn’t want to get too excited about the big guns returning to country Victoria’s No. 1 competition.MARC MCGOWAN November 7, 2012 4:05am
Goulburn Valley interleague coach Travis Ryan doesn’t want to get too excited about the big guns returning to country Victoria’s No. 1 competition.
Ryan knows all too well how quickly it can all go wrong in the weeks leading up the VCFL Country Championships.
But the former Tatura great did concede, not even two months since the Bulldogs won the premiership, Goulburn Valley Football League clubs had made a great start to their recruiting campaign.
‘‘We had a fair turnover last year and we’ll probably turnover a few again this year, but there have been a few very good additions so far, especially so early,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘Usually, you wait until after Christmas to get confirmation on a few, but the (Shepparton) Swans have done really well, recruiting-wise, so far.
‘‘Dan Lovick is, obviously, a super player and so is Tyson (Sidebottom).’’
A raft of players withdrew in Ryan’s first stint in the job this year, but he still led Goulburn Valley to a 13-point win over Mornington Peninsula Nepean.
Goulburn Valley will aim to match arch-rival Ovens and Murray’s record of four straight VCFL Country Championships titles against Geelong next year.
Victoria Country representative Lovick already looms as Goulburn Valley’s trump card, having won Geelong Football League’s past two Mathieson medals.
The defender was also best afield in Geelong’s interleague triumph against Ballarat this year.
Among the stars set to return to GVFL ranks next season are midfielder Sidebottom (Swans), full-forward Jason Eagle and backman David Gillespie (Shepparton United) and on-baller Simon Seddon (Kyabram).
The league’s major losses so far are Victoria Country captain and Rochester’s 2010 Morrison medallist Guy Campbell (Echuca United) and tough Mooroopna midfielder Wayne Patak (Aberfeldie).
Kyabram key-position player Nathan Beck, a regular Goulburn Valley representative, has also signed with VFL club Bendigo Gold.
‘‘It’s, obviously, a big loss with Guy going back to Echuca United, but that was always going to happen at some stage,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘Guy’s always been terrific as far as interleague goes.
‘‘He’s a super player and a terrific fella, so he’s going to be a big loss, but it’s an opportunity for someone else to step into the breach.’’
Ryan has not given up hope of having Tatura veterans Linc Wellington and Paul Kirby at his disposal.
He also said he would again give opportunities to the league’s most promising young players.
‘‘Geelong will be very keen to take the (No.
‘‘They have been working on it for a few years, but, obviously, they’ve got to beat us to get there and we’re going to have a good side again.
‘‘It should be a cracking game of footy.’’
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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