Border Mail Round 15 – Preview

After starting the season in the reserves, the pair have shown rapid development as the season has progressed.

So much so, they both made their senior debuts in round 10 against Osborne.

Both also played against Rand-Walbundrie-Walla on the weekend.

Dyer has now notched five senior appearances.

Koroi has had three.

AFL of Fiji chairman, Leigh Howard, made the trip from Fiji to Coreen last weekend to check on the boys progress.

Howard said he was impressed with the pair’s development, especially considering they had previously only played a handful of Australian rules matches in their native country.

“It has been a really good transition for them,” Howard said.

“Everyone at the club is raving about their progress and development.

“Certainly from my perspective, these boys have only played a dozen games in Fiji.

“To be able to come over here and play in a quality competition and be able to contribute is a credit to them.”

Howard has close family ties with CDHBU which played a major role in Dyer and Koroi joining the club.

“My father coaches the A and B-grade netball, while my brothers, Cody and Mathew, both play in the seniors.

“I approached the club to see if they would be interested in getting some players over from Fiji.

“They were very receptive to the idea and it’s now come to fruition.”

While most Fijian’s are blessed with natural athletic ability, Howard said football nous was the hardest part of Australian rules to teach.

“I think football awareness and learning how to run to open space, swing back around and learning the game in general,” he said.

“I coach in Fiji and when you are teaching a club how to play football, it’s really hard to teach things like after you take a mark, push back hard and weigh up your options.

“Footy smarts like that is hard to teach when the game is foreign to you.

“I was impressed with how much the players at CDHBU on the weekend were helping the boys in that regard.

“Telling them at the huddle, this is what you need to do, and the Fijian boys pick it up really quickly.

“The key is to keep the instructions simple and not burden them with too many at the same time.”

Howard said Fijian players were naturally good tacklers with many having grown up playing rugby league.

“Fijians have a no retreat, no surrender mentality when it comes to tackling,” he said.

“They are accustomed to running through packs and have no hesitation in doing that.

“So it is just a matter of fine tuning and teaching them how to tackle legally.

“Also there is a lot more running in football.”

A couple of hours before the match he started to feel unwell.

But being a must-win clash to keep the Brookers’ finals aspirations alive, Jones just hoped he would start feeling better before the first bounce.

“I woke up feeling fine but by 11am I started feeling a bit off and was vomiting,” Jones said.

“I just thought it was my breakfast coming back up.

“I went out and tried to play but felt lethargic and fatigued and came off about 10 minutes into the game.”

Jones was starting to feel that unwell he decided to head to hospital.

“Once I came off, things went downhill quickly, so I went over to the Holbrook hospital,” he said.

“I probably vomited three or four times before the game.

“Then after I came off another five or six times.

“They transferred me to the Albury Base Hospital

“It was just continuous vomiting on Saturday night before I got to see the doctor and the surgeon.

“I had a pretty bad fever as well and it just got progressively worse.

“When I finally got to see the doctor and surgeon they told me I was suffering from acute appendicitis.

“So I had my appendix removed.”

Jones underwent surgery on Sunday and was released from hospital the following day.

“I’m really sore today and I’ve been told that I can’t lift anything over 5kgs for five or six weeks,” he said.

“So playing football again this season is a long shot.

“But if things go to plan and I can stay on top of things, I might be a slight chance if we can go deep into finals.

“But I definitely won’t play again before finals.”

Jones works in the fitness industry as a strength and conditioning coach.

“I’ll probably be two weeks off work and I’m not allowed to drive for a few weeks as well,” he said.

The classy midfielder said he was disappointed to miss out the Brookers’ finals charge.

“We feel we are finding form at the right time of the season and have won seven of our last eight matches,” he said.

“The win on the weekend was unreal and proves we mean business.”


Saturday, August 3

Culcairn v Holbrook

Henty v Jindera

Lockhart v Rand-Walbundrie-Walla

Billabong Crows v Howlong

Osborne v Brock-Burrum

Murray Magpies v CDHBU



(Former Brock-Burrum coach)




Billabong Crows





(The Border Mail)




Billabong Crows





(Holbrook life member)




Billabong Crows





(Osborne stalwart)




Billabong Crows






Expect the Hume league’s coaching landscape to become clearer within the next week.

At least one club is set to re-appoint while another will tell players their leader will move on at the end of the season.


Darryn McKimmie will coach Brock-Burrum in Saturday’s crunch match against Osborne at Osborne.

With Kade Stevens unavailable due to school football coaching commitments, Lavington’s 2005 premiership hero will call the shots.

McKimmie’s chances of a win will be helped by the prospect of Ron Boulton and Willson Mack returning to the side.


Chris Collins was out in force at Coreen last weekend.

And for good reason – there were two of them.

Chris ‘Darkie’ Collins did the goal umpiring for home team CDHBU while Rand-Walbundrie-Walla president Chris ‘Wal’ Collins kept a close eye on proceedings throughout the day.

Appropriately, the pair caught up for a beer in the CDHBU clubrooms after the senior match.