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Should be VFL Lach after ‘okay’ first game

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June 14, 2018

Kyabram star Lachie Smith is hoping his debut in the VFL impressed enough to help cement his place in Footscray's line-up.

It took eight weeks to get a game, but when he did, he did not miss the chance to show he can play a bit.

Lachie Smith made his much anticipated debut in a winning VFL Footscray side against Essendon two Saturdays ago.

Smith, back playing with Kyabram on Saturday at Tatura because Footscray had a bye, said he hoped his performance went some way towards cementing his place in the VFL side’s line-up.

‘‘I played across half-back, so I was familiar with that role and I thought I went okay,’’ he said modestly.

Interpreted by Footscray, ‘‘okay’’ was being named its third best player.

Smith said the faster tempo was the thing he noticed in the step-up from GVL standard, although playing some games with Collingwood’s VFL side when he was 18 had prepared him for what to expect.

While Smith said he wanted to have a decent crack at trying to eventually make the Western Bulldogs’ AFL side, he was also looking to playing in the GVL finals with Kyabram.

‘‘It will be touch and go whether Footscray (VFL side) makes the finals, so I should be right to come back to Ky, which I’m really looking forward to,’’ he said.

Vick helps reserves

There was an interesting late addition in Kyabram’s reserves side that thumped Tatura last Saturday.

Josh Vick lined up for his first game since announcing his retirement after leading Kyabram to last season’s flag.

But Vick said he was not interested in trying to win a spot back in the senior side.

He said he had played to help out with numbers and he would continue to do so when needed.

‘‘I don’t want to be putting anyone out of the side that has done all the pre-season, but if they are short I can help out when I can,’’ Vick said.

Another late recruit for the Bombers could be another premiership player with the club, Tom Sheldon.

The long-kicking Sheldon is expected to be back in Australia this weekend and coach Paul Newman said he was expected to resume his career with the Bombers after spending the past two years in the United States as a gridiron punter.

Premiership Blue dies

The recent passing of Tongala’s Bruce Lambert has left just five surviving players from the 1949 Goulburn Valley League grand final in which Tongala defeated Kyabram.

Only Bobby Dawson, 97, survives from the triumphant Tongala side that day, while four members of Kyabram side are still living.

They are Bob Vick, Herb Prior and Ted Binion, all in their 80s and residents of Kyabram, and Lance Dunn, who lives at Ariah Park in the Riverina.

Tongala, under coach Dave Newman, beat Kyabram 10.17 (77) to 6.13 (49) in the flag decider that year.

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