Shepparton United has raided cross-town rival Shepparton South as preparations for the new Regional Premier League season hit full swing.By Damen Francis
Shepparton United has raided cross-town rival Shepparton South as preparations for the new Regional Premier League season hit full swing.
Former Southerners playing coach Connor Campbell is the most high profile player to defect to Central Park, after announcing his departure from McEwen Reserve last month.
The destination of the one-time league best-and-fairest player had been one of the talking points of the off-season and United coach Nick Kalafatis was delighted he chose to join the Blues.
‘‘Connor has a lot of experience in the league and if anyone knows what this league needs it’s him,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘I hope he helps us and we can help him get back to his best form.
‘‘I want to get him fitter and I’m hoping he’ll find himself again here.’’
Campbell will be joined at United by former Southerners premiership teammate Nick Murphy, who spent last season at Albury Wodonga Football Association club Myrtleford, and pacy wide man Samet Yollu, also from Shepparton South.
A creative type, Campbell could pair well with the more defensively oriented Murphy and serve well as the yin and yang of the Blues’ midfield.
Kalafatis said the signings fit with the club’s transfer policy.
‘‘We want to have the best young players available in the league as well as some experience and we now have 10 local boys in the squad,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘I’m very happy with how the committee is responding and it looks like we will be very strong again this season.’’
Kalafatis also said he had every intention of maximising the club’s quota of six international players prior to the start of the season, suggesting there would be more signings in the coming weeks.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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