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From the Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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THERE'S more to VFL reigning premier North Ballarat renaming its home base Eureka Stadium than a reference to the history of the region. The worth of its historic breakthrough flag last season was gold to many who doubted whether a country team could go all the way.

It changed the way the people of Ballarat thought about its local team.

From the Ballarat Courier
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AN AFL-standard playing surface for Ballarat is a step closer to reality.
Turf laying works as part of the $950,000 Northern Oval upgrade were finished late this week.

The new couch grass surface has eleven weeks to settle in to be ready in time for the North Ballarat Football Club's first VFL season home game against Collingwood on May 2.

From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by David Brehaut
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FIVE of last season's North Ballarat Rebels have the frontrunning to line up with North Ballarat in the Victorian Football League this year.

Ryan McKenzie, Tyler George, Jason Linke, Alex Gubbins and Taite Radley are among the new faces training with the Selkirk Roosters.

With most of last season's premiership line-up intact, North Ballarat's senior line-up is going to be difficult to break into.

However, the Roosters have a tradition of pushing up youngsters who have advanced through the Rebels.

Almost half North Ballarat's premiership team played with the Rebels _ Dean Chester, Steve Clifton, Billy Driscoll, Dan Feery, Brett Goodes, Marc Greig, Michael Searl, Myles Sewell and Matt Sharkey.

Two new coaches aim to keep Roosters top

From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Melanie Whelan

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NORTH Ballarat Roosters have made two new coaching appointments for the defence of their Victorian Football League premiership.

Former Rooster Shane Snibson has returned to the flock as defence coach.

His predecessor Rob Waters has become Roosters' development and reserves coach, replacing newly appointed North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup under-18 coach Glenn Wilkins.

Waters relished the new challenge after building the number one VFL back-line in 2008, his first season with the Selkirk Roosters.

Waters is now responsible for bringing his reserves players up to standard, mentally and physically, with the senior game plan and team culture to slip seamlessly into the senior line-up when needed.

"It'll be a big learning curve, but for me it's a great opportunity to develop my coaching. I'm really blessed to have another season with the Roosters," Waters said.

Greig makes his Marc on VFL

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MARC Greig could hardly have picked a better stage on which to bring up his 150th appearance for North Ballarat in the Victorian Football League.

Greig becomes only the second Rooster to achieve the feat in North Ballarat's first home final in eight years - a qualifying final against Williamstown at AUSTAR Arena in Ballarat tomorrow.Only reigning captain and Greig's

fellow defender Shaune Moloney has played more senior and reserves matches for North Ballarat since it entered the VFL in 1996.

While the milestone is satisfying, Greig has his sights set on bigger things.