PLENTY of movement is being reported from our sources at the Glover Reserve with ex-ESSENDON defender Aaron Henneman and fellow import Guy Chisnall among those tipped to depart DEVON MEADOWS. But new coach Rod Keogh, who will begin his second stint at the helm of the Panthers next year, is not about to dwell on the losses and if all goes to plan the club’s additions will more than make up for the exits with star former HAMPTON PARK and PEARCEDALE siblings Kerem and Kain Baskaya and rugged midfielder Jack Besley among players on the radar.
THE BEACONSFIELD connection at ROC will be reduced next season. Former Eagles and recent Kangaroos coach Kris Fletcher is tipped to return to the Perc Allison Oval, while giant forward-cum-ruckman Kym Jones has been linked with several clubs including fellow Casey Cardinia League rival PAKENHAM. Another ROC big man in Dane Roy is also likely to leave the fold in favour of a new home, with the Lions a chance to gain his services as well.
NEW BERWICK coach Dean Rice will be on the look-out for key position players after the loss of centre half-forward Jason Heath and fullback Sean Callamatta to big-spending Eastern Football League club SCORESBY. Heath, who missed the majority of this year after knee surgery early in the year, was courted by several clubs from across the MPNFL and surrounding leagues. While on the Wickers, spies tell us that (again) there have also been a number of changes off the field with two senior committeemen departing the Edwin Flack Reserve – one for an EDFL club and the other who just walked out without word after the finals and has not been in contact since.
DON’T be surprised if DOVETON regains more than a few of the 17 senior players who walked out on the club this year. The Doves have appointed a new committee of almost 20 under new president Stuart Batten and the word is that several big names from the 2009 grand final team are set to return home in a bid to lift the side back to power after only one year down.
GARFIELD is poised to announce the biggest signing of the summer so far with the arrival at Beswick Street of KOOWEERUP dynamo Rhys Morgan. Morgan, a six-time Demons best and fairest winner and the 2010 EDFL best and fairest, is also likely to be joined by another midfield gun, Che Jenkins, who played with the Stars in 2009 but returned to BULN BULN this past season. Brent Eastwell has been re-appointed coach for his third successive season and with strong word around the traps that the Stars will bolster their list even more in the next few weeks, it appears the league newcomers will again be a formidable unit in 2011.
BUNYIP has appoin-ted Callum Pattie senior coach for 2011. Pattie, who was recruited from DOVETON over the 2010 summer, impressed all at the club with his application when he was appointed as interim coach after his former Doves mentor Steve Henwood resigned late in the season. Off field, after seven seasons at the helm, Alan Wright has stepped down as president but will remain on the committee and assist Pattie with football matters on game day. He has been replaced by Darrell Wilkinson while John Anderson has been appointed vice-president.
AFTER a spectacular 11-goal debut with Northern Territory Football League club WARATAH WARRIORS last month, CORA LYNN sharpshooter Beau Runnalls has come back down to earth a tad, with 20 goals over his past five outings. Runnalls was lured to the top end by Cobras teammate and former local star Lincoln Withers, who is captain-coach of the WARRIORS. WARATAH sits sixth on the ladder, with two wins from its six matches.
AS EXPECTED, NYORA has re-appointed Corrie Wilson as senior playing coach for 2011. The Saints hope to announce an assistant in the coming weeks and is also confident of luring former star and league best and fairest Dean Hislop back from the WAVERLEY BLUES, where he has spent the past three seasons.