Sports Snaps: Vermont in Bombers’ sights

By Kyabram Free Press

KYABRAM Football Club still needs another seven wins to equal what could be the Australian record for the longest winning sequence in senior grade football in Australia.

My investigations originally came up with Darwin’s St Mary’s Football Club holding the record with 55 wins on the trot in the early 1990s.

But former Kyabram Football Club president Greg Dow asked me to check out Vermont Football Club’s record in Melbourne’s Eastern District Football League.

And Vermont club former player and stalwart Lee Bidstrup has verified what Greg had been told.

Lee revealed, with proof (pictured), that Vermont strung together 61 successive wins between 1988 and 1991, with the winning run ending in the third round of the 1991 season, claiming it as an Australian record.

Vermont and St Mary’s aside, I’m claiming Kyabram as the record holder for the longest winning streak in Australian country football until someone can provide me proof otherwise.

If the Bombers can beat Euroa this Saturday they will equal the 55 wins in a row St Mary’s had in the 1990s.

My investigations also revealed that North Ballarat City, with 49 successive wins in the 1990s, held the record for Victoria country major leagues while the Navare Football Club in the Maryborough District Football League with 50 successive wins from 2013 to 2016 is the benchmark for minor leagues in Victoria at least.

What’s in a name?

IT WAS interesting how some of the names were pronounced by commentators covering the Victorian Country versus Metropolitan clash at Ballarat on Sunday.

One commentator constantly called Kyabram’s Michael Mattingly Mat-ting-lee and referred to another of the GVL players in the Victorian country side, Steve Stroobants, as hailing from Roe-chester.

Son of Stuhldreier

THE Under 19 clash at Ballarat last Sunday had an interesting name in the Victorian Country side: Stuhldreier.

It was Nick Stuhldreier, son of the former Kyabram goalkicking star of the early ’90s, Chris Stuhldreier.

Nick plays at Bacchus Marsh and unlike his father, who wore his hair short, Nick was sporting a pony tail.

Get ready to bid

ONE of Kyabram Football Netball Club’s main fundraisers — a goods and services auction — is fast approaching.

It’s being held at the Wilf Cox Centre after the Benalla game on Saturday week, July 21.

Entry is free and supper will be provided.

A huge range of items ranging from business vouchers to paying for legal fees and a players auction will go under the hammer.

Lachie plans Ky return

STAR Kyabram footballer Lachie Smith, who was named in VFL Footscray’s best players at the weekend, is likely to make a timely return to the Bombers for the Echuca game on July 28.

Footscray has the bye that day and Lachie said this week he will be looking to pull on the Kyabram jumper again in that match.

Euroa coach to quit

EUROA Football Club is seeking a new coach for the 2019 season.

Current coach JD Hayes has told the club he will be stepping down at the end of this season but will remain with the club as a player.

Young footballers shine

YOUNG Kyabram and district footballers in the Echuca squad travelled to Mildura last week for games against AFL Sunraysia and AFL Central Victoria.

The games were the culmination of the Tatura Milk Academy Program.

The Echuca-based squad competed in two preliminary games against the Central Victoria and Central Murray squads before last week’s games at Mildura.

Kyabram’s Mitchell Fitzgerald, Jack Norris and Anthony De Pasquale along with Tongala’s Mackenzie Cowley were in the squad along with Rushworth’s Harry Barlow and Colbinabbin’s Cooper and Hugh Hamilton.

New-look Nagambie

DOWN at Nagambie the local recreation reserve and infrastructure is to get an upgrade.

A Victorian government country football and netball program grant of $100,000 matched by the Strathbogie Shire and $30,000 from the Bendigo Bank will be used to refurbish the clubrooms and upgrade facilities within it.

A new deep-water boat ramp worth more than $400,000 is also destined for the Goulburn River at Loddings Lane.

Wink gets nod

TALENTED Kyabram-owned pacer Winkanditsover claimed his biggest scalp to date when he wore down Code Bailey in a C4-5 class race at last week’s Shepparton meeting.

The Passmaster six-year-old trained by Shepparton horseman Steve Duffy and driven by Ryan Duffy camped on the pacemaker Idle Belief and when able to get into some clear running on the home turn proceeded to run down the long odds-on favourite Code Bailey.

Winkanditsover, raced by Kyabramites John Lilford, Peter Hall, Rob Whitford and Tony Hansen, posted a PB mile rate of 1.54.9.

Kyabram trainer Gary Payne had a good winner when Liberty Tee Jay saluted at 20/1 at the Yarra Valley meeting on Monday.