Inter-league representatives

On Saturday 15th May Sunraysia competed against North Central in inter-league football and netball at Sea Lake.

The South Mildura Sporting club were represented well with players in both codes.

The under 18 football team had three inclusions, Taj Stevens, Mason Fitzgerald and Flynn Tiley. These young men have all tasted senior football for the club this season and are fitting into the system well. All three applied themselves well in a dominant Sunraysia squad easily accounting for their opponents. These three have bright futures in football wherever that may take them.

In Senior football we had two inclusions, club favourite Dom Scullino and exciting Jackson McEwen. Both performed as expected showing signs of class throughout the day. The Sunraysia squad was better for having these two representing them with Jackson among the best players for the day.

Special mention to Brock Fitzgerald as a selector and forward coach for the senior football team.

In Senior netball we had Maddy Toms representing the team and club stalwart Loretta Thompson as Coach. The team outperformed the opposition in every facet of the game attributing its win to the team’s ability to play fast aggressive netball. This was the goal set by Loretta early on and the team maximised its opportunities to come away with a comfortable win.

The club is extremely proud of all involved at representative level and congratulate all participants.

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South names new Top Dog

SOUTH Mildura Sporting Club’s incoming president Kevin Burke admits he has “big shoes to fill” heading in to the 2021 season.

But he says he’s “ready to accept the challenge front-on.”

Burke, who was unanimously voted in to the Bulldogs’ top job following the recent resignation of Mark Bresnehan, said the entire club was “focused on finals” and credits the outgoing president for the club’s “strong” position.

“The work that (Bresnehan) has done in this club, from junior coordinator to president, has been fantastic, second to none,” Burke said.

“He recently stood down, with the full support of the board and the club for personal reasons, but he will still be involved as both his son and his daughter play.

“The job and all the work that he’s done (as president) has put us in a really good position heading into 2021.”

Burke’s involvement with South Mildura has spanned over three decades and has seen him transition from player, trainer to head trainer, committee member, board member, vice president and now, president.

He says he’s “optimistic” about the season ahead, with senior coach Ben Dalton at the helm.

“(Dalton) has shown strong leadership skills and the boys are looking great,” Burke said.

“A lot of them have used the last 12 months as an opportunity to really work on their fitness and their strength and they look fresh and fit – and that’s what we want.

“It’s the same with the netballers – they’re always strong. Netball has been the backbone of our success and they will continue to be that for the club. We’re in for a good, solid year.”

But Burke admits the season won’t be “without its challenges,” expressing concern for a lack of numbers across the junior teams.

“Engaging players from under 18’s and younger, that’s a challenge a lot of local clubs face across the board,” he said.

“Especially after 12 months off, we’re doing a lot of hard work behind the scenes to try and get kids back out on the field.

“The juniors are the future of this club, they’re so important.

“We’d absolutely welcome any new recruits with open arms.”

The Bulldogs will remain at Sarah Oval this season, but are “buoyant and excited” about the move to the new Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct in 2022.

“There is a bit of nostalgia around this being our last season at (Sarah Oval) – it’s bittersweet,” he said.

“It’s a new era and a new beginning and it’s one that we as a club are ready for.”

 

Photo and story courtesy of Sunraysia Daily

Shining light at the end of the kennel

In this current climate of coping with the Covid 19 pandemic, it is easy to become despondent and lose sight of the future.

But the South Mildura Sporting Club (SMSC) certainly has something positive to focus on and that is their new home at the Mildura South Regional Sports Precinct.

The first sod was turned by Federal Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster in October 2019.

In early 2020, contractors completed all demolition and site preparation works, while also commencing civil works including footing excavation and the installation of in-ground services. Preparations works on the site’s AFL-standard outdoor sporting oval also commenced.

Last week we saw the erection of a huge steel framework for the main stadium rise out of the ground.

President of SMSC, Mark Bresnehan was speaking to council last week and the word is that the works are on track and going ahead as planned. The Covid situation has not affected the construction and the contractors are going full steam ahead.

All going well, the Bulldogs hope to play their first game at their new kennel on Good Friday 2022.

2018 Netball Premiers

22.9.18

 

South Mildura celebrate after claiming the A Grade netball premiership.

 

SOUTH Mildura prevailed in a nail-biting SFNL A Grade netball grand final, defeating Merbein 53-51.

The two sides traded goal for goal for much of the final quarter, with the margin alternating from a one-goal Bulldogs lead to scores tied.

Merbein, in their first ever A Grade grand final, fought hard but with time winding down South Mildura managed to finally create some distance with a three-goal lead.

Though the Magpies kept coming, South Mildura were able to close out the game in a tense final minute to win by two goals.

Demi Toms of South Mildura won the best-on-court medal.

Blues welcome Lochie

Draft pick #10 Lochie O’Brien

The Blues have welcomed young midfielder Lochie O’Brien to the Club, selecting the Bendigo Pioneers product with pick 10 in the 2017 NAB AFL National Draft.

Known for his exceptional endurance, the pacy left footer came second in the 2km time trial at the AFL Draft Combine, recording 6:12 minutes – just three seconds behind the winner.

A good decision-maker who possess an elite kick, Blues fans will want the ball in his hands as he runs along the wing breaking the lines to set up his teammates.

Carlton’s GM of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni said O’Brien knows how to play to his strengths.

“We actually know Lochie quite well, he did his AFL Academy club week at Carlton and travelled to the Gold Coast with us on our pre-season camp last year, so we know he’ll fit in at the Blues,” Silvagni said.

“He’s an excellent athlete who has a good combination of speed and endurance, and importantly he knows how to use this to his advantage.”

Welcome, Lochie!

DOB: 18.09.1999

Position: Midfielder

Height: 184cm

Weight: 75kg

Club: Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country

He said it:

“At that time in my development I was much more successful in athletics but when I had to make the decision, I thought when you succeed in athletics it’s only you who gets the win, there’s no real sense of belonging that you get with a team win.”

– O’Brien took part in the AFL’s ‘Tomorrow’s Heroes’ series and talked about his decision between choosing a career in athletics or football.

Story and photo courtesy of Danielle Balales, and Carlton Media