Two former KNTFL medal-winning brothers will reunite in a neighbouring league as football player movements get serious.
Tim and Ben McIntyre have signed at the same Wimmera Football League club, Minyip-Murtoa. Tim was part of Mundulla’s A grade premiership this season and also shared the Virgo Medal for league best and fairest, while brother Ben achieved the same feat playing for Penola in 2014.
Tim McIntyre’s departure from Mundulla is one of a number of high profile announcements of KNTFL players from this year moving on.
The others so far announced via social media include:
Penola – Brodie Foster (Glencoe), Drew and Nick Clayfield (former Penola players, to Prince Alfred Old Collegians)
Padthaway – Tom Edwards (Goodwood Saints), Tom McNamara (Strathalbyn)
Kingston – Max Wakefield (McLaren)
Keith – Ben Simounds (Strathalbyn)
Lucindale – Tom Fisher (Prince Alfred Old Collegians)
Kyby – Sean Munn (Edwardstown), Darcy Munn (Edwardstown)
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Minyip-Murtoa is hailing the signings of the McIntyres as a big coup for the club.
The McIntyre brothers are originally from Edenhope but Ben now lives in Melbourne and Tim in Adelaide.
Ben comes from the number-one ranked amateur league in the state – the Eastern Football League – where he played division one senior football for Blackburn.
He played nine games this season but had a standout year in 2017 where he played 15 games and was named in the best on nine occasions.
Tim, who also does some bodybuilding, was a key midfielder for the Mundulla unit which won its way through to the grand final from the elimination final and then beat Keith by just three points in an epic grand final.
Minyip-Murtoa coach John Delahunty said he was excited by not only the players’ talent but also their professionalism and desire to join the club.
“They were really both keen to play with one another next year and both had quite a few connections to the club which give us a foot in the door,” he said.
“They have been very professional and really wanted to get to know the club and us as coaches first. They already had a good understanding of our reputation and their professionalism encourages me to know they will be doing the right things away from the club.”
The two players join assistant coach Tim MacKenzie as new signings to the club.
“We set out on a plan to make sure we only recruited midfielders and fit players and they fit that category down to the tee,” Delahunty said.
“I want to make sure we are one of the fittest teams around and that’s where I see benefit will come from. These recruits will be handy but the improvement for us will come from everyone’s own development.”