Jerilderie Football Club will start their 2019 campaign with a practice match against Hume Football League side Coreen Daysdale Hopefield Buraja United this Saturday.
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The Demons will be full of confidence after a big pre-season and the mid-week signing of 2009 Murray League premiership player Peter ‘Cheech’ Cochrane.
Jerilderie will also see the return of Dave Gregory from Ouyen, Sam Sleigh from Uni Blues and Marc Shaw, who is returning to Monash Park after one season with Finley.
Jye Holcombe, who played as a junior with the Demons, is also coming back from Wahgunyah, with Culcairn’s Hayden Smith set for his first season with the Dees.
Jerilderie president Dean Knight said he was delighted to have the new recruits on board, particularly Cochrane.
‘‘Cheech played in Tocumwal’s 2009 Murray League premiership team and has had Ovens and Murray league experience with North Albury before having a couple of years off,’’ he said.
The Demons will be led by playing-coach Chris Marshall again in 2019, with the onballer saying he’s excited to have the experienced livewire on board.
‘‘He (Cochrane) will give us another avenue to goal, an area we were looking to improve on in 2019,’’ he said.
‘‘The added bonus of his experience will assist the young players in the team.’’
In other good news for the club Ben Nash has committed to coaching the fourths again in 2019.
‘‘Ben has the runs on the board as a player and in developing the next generation of players,’’ Knight said.
‘‘We are a couple of players short in the fourths so if anyone wants to play don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ben or myself.
‘‘Ben has also stepped up to be vice president for 2019. It’s great to see club stalwarts such as Ben give back to the club that has provided him with so many great memories over the years.’’
There will be plenty of action at Monash Park this Saturday with the thirds football starting proceedings at 11am with a training run before the seniors practice match at noon.
A bar and barbecue will be operating, so anyone wanting to get an early footy fix should come on down and support the Dees in their first outing for 2019.
The seniors practice match will include a combination of seniors and reserves players.
The reserves have good numbers who have committed to play under coach Dick Hercus, who is at the helm for the second year after a satisfying first season.
‘‘We started with 10 players on the Thursday night before the first round in reserves last year and ended up in the finals which was credit to Dick’s coaching and ability to get players to play for him and the club,’’ Knight said.
Football players who are interested in playing this year can contact Dean Knight on 0427856658.
The Jerilderie Netball Club is excited to have its only A grade premiership coach Carson Thomas back in charge of A and B grade squads for the 2019 season.
Thomas will get his first look at the senior netballers when they have a practice game also against CDBHU on Saturday.
Thomas will be assisted by Keisha Marshall throughout the year, while Daz Wright will lead C grade and Sam McDonald will take the reins in C reserve.
Netball president Meagan Mauger said it is important for the netballers to start working on their team combinations and match fitness.
She also said she was excited to have Thomas on board as coach.
‘‘Carson has six years of coaching experience with the senior netball grades culminating in the Dees maiden A grade flag in 2012,’’ Mauger said
‘‘It’s also great to have Daz return to the netball club and take on the responsibility of coaching C grade.
‘‘Daz is rearing to go and will be a real force on the court herself having had a big offseason to improve her fitness.’’
In other netball coaching news Mauger will coach the Under 17s, Ellie Marshall and Skye Nash, both members of last year’s B grade premiership team, will lead the Under 13s and Michelle Baker will coach the Under 11s.
‘‘We have strong numbers in the senior netball ranks, but have room for more players in the junior grades,’’ Mauger said
‘‘Jerilderie is a great club to play for, successful, very welcoming, family orientated and committed to developing our junior netballers.’’
Any prospective netball players can contact Meagan on 0457 859 294 or come down to Monash Park this Saturday.
In Demons social news the date has been set for the quadruple reunions of the 1989, 1999 and 2009 senior football premierships and 1999 B grade netball premiership.
The dates to set aside in your calendar are July 6 and 7 when Jerilderie host the Deniliquin Rovers.
The club is keen to get in contact with all players, administrators, sponsors and supporters from these years.
Carson Thomas is heading the reunion weekend up and can be contacted on 0429 859 220.
Jerilderie’s home and away season starts on Saturday, April 6 when the club takes on Katamatite at Katamatite.
The club will hold a golf ball drop after the first home game against Picola and the following home game against Mathoura there will be a hypnotist at the clubrooms.