Violet Town players Russell Lee, Craig Whelan and Jake Williams have signed with Leitchville-Gunbower for next season.
Titleholder Violet Town’s grip on next year’s Kyabram District Football League premiership cup is suddenly much looser.
McNamara Medal-winning on-baller Russell Lee, record-breaking goal-kicker Craig Whelan and midfielder Jake Williams, who was best afield in the Towners’ 76-point grand final win, have joined Heathcote District league side Leitchville-Gunbower.
Violet Town coach Hayden Lamaro said the trio could not refuse the Bombers’ big-money offers.
“It was ridiculous money and purely and simply had nothing to do with the club,” Lamaro said.
“Anyone who gets thrown that sort of money at them has got nothing to lose. You’ve got to enjoy it at the same time.
“Russell was pretty honest with me. Jakey didn’t really want to go, because he’s a pretty loyal guy and feels for the footy club, too, because he had an injury prone last year.
“He said he feels like he let the club down and wanted to give another year of footy, but he has a baby and runs his own business.”
Fellow stars Dale Saddington and Ben Tsakmakis had previously signed for Whittlesea, but the Towners have recruited ruckman Josh Williams and Benalla All Blacks’ Kane Dockery, Mick Wright and Joel Hearn.
Josh Dunne, who didn’t play for Violet Town last season because of work commitments, is also back.
Lamaro said he also instigated discussions with a key forward and midfielder when Lee, Whelan and Williams informed him they were leaving.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
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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