It’s one big happy family

January 16, 2018

Jack Monigatti (left) will leave Tongala after taking up an offer to play with the NT Thunder.

Euroa continues to build its standing as one of the premier family clubs in the Goulburn Valley League with the inclusion and retainment of more relatives of current players.

Jayden Gleeson, who is a cousin to Brad, will play for the Magpies this year.

Gleeson, 21, played football in Queensland last year with Labrador, but before that won premierships with Nagambie in the Kyabram District Football League.

‘‘Jayden will strengthen our midfield nicely, he comes down from Queensland, but before that he won flags with Nagambie,’’ Euroa playing coach JD Hayes said.

‘‘It’s actually ridiculous though, I reckon we could fill a whole side with just locals and siblings.’’

The trend will continue this year with Hayes’ twin Will again nominating Euroa as his home club — as has fellow Footscray VFL player Lauchlan Dalgleish.

‘‘I was hoping to get Will full time this year, but he’s going to have another crack at the VFL,’’ Hayes said.

Another recruit for the Magpies is Owinda Weerawardena, a versatile key-position player with plenty of potential.

‘‘He could be anything, he’s coming off two years of no footy through injury,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘He’ll be a third tall and could go through the midfield, but we’ll get his body right first and see what happens.’’

Euroa is not the only GVL side with a changing list.

Mansfield has lost another Melbourne-based star, with Nick Gray committing to Eastern Football League club Blackburn.

Gray joins Adam Boshevski (St Albans) on the way out of the Eagles.

The key-position inclusions keep coming for Mooroopna, winning the signatures of Alex Tattersall (ruck) and Tom Brennan (back).

In the Murray Football League, Tongala has lost one of its potential superstars.

Reigning best-and-fairest winner Jack Monigatti has left the Blues for NEAFL side NT Thunder, taking up an opportunity that proved too good to refuse.

If the stars align and Monigatti is not selected for the Thunder and back home in Victoria, he will strive to help Tongala out.

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