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Anti-climax

By Kyabram Free Press

ABOVE are the Bombers who didn’t play in Kyabram’s much anticipated clash last Saturday with the side that has gone closest to beating it in the past two and a half seasons.

But it turned into yet another anti-climax.

The Bombers travelled to Tatura expecting to get a tougher than usual contest but it was virtually all over by quarter time after Kyabram had kicked six goals to their host’s two in the opening stanza.

It got progressively worse from then on for Tatura with Kyabram extending its winning margin to 98 points by the final siren.

Like all its rivals this season — and for the past two and half seasons for that matter — the bottom line once again was simply Kyabram was just too good.

After almost ending Kyabram’s winning run last season, Tatura met a side on a mission to show that its close shave was just really a one-off bad day at the office for Paul Newman’s all-conquering side.

On Saturday Kyabram was kick-started again by veteran star Kayne Pettifer who had the first two goals on the board early. He finished with five to help take his team’s winning tally passed the 50 milestone.

Early it was the hard work of Adam Lovison, who played in the ruck and had a presence all day, and other onballers and midfielders in Liam Ogden, Nick Coulstock, Mick Mattingly, Aaron Hayes and Brad Whitford in particular who supplied the chances for the Kyabram forwards to kick goals.

Ogden and Mattingly were standouts again and are in a rich vein of form at the moment which is crucial to this Kyabram machine because of their running power.

Apart from Pettifer, Brad Mangan, who booted three goals also provided a physical presence again in Kyabram’s forward line along with Patrick Wearden.

Gifted Luke Morris was another onballer who switched right on for this clash and is working hard to get back to his excitingly best form.

Kyabram’s defence led by Jason Morgan and Lachie Smith with the usual reliable support from Tom Holman, Liam Barrett and Locky Dillon was able to shut down Tatura’s forward line for most of the game.

Holman picked up Tatura’s danger goalkicking big man Brandon Grenfell when he was in attack and held him to two goals.

Another player given a match-up Axel Childs was able to keep Tatura coach Jamason Daniels quiet enough and along with fellow hard nut in Brad Edwards the Bombers were able to keep Tatura under physical pressure for most of the game.

Emerging players in Coby McCarthy and Cade Mueller also did a lot of good work at times and got better as the game wore on.

Tatura played some impressive football at times with Martin, Elliott, Cooper, Wellington and Daniels among those to show out.

But like all of Kyabram’s rivals so far this season, the Bulldogs just didn’t have the firepower in attack to make a contest of it.

Kyabram is again likely to be without Jordan Williams, Sam Sheldon and Axel Childs for this week’s trip to Seymour.

Childs is likely to take a one-match set penalty out of last Saturday’s game.

Kyle Mueller is only one or two games from returning and explosive forward Hayden Gemmill looks certain to play his first game for the season after starring in the reserves game against Tatura.

■My best for Kyabram were: Liam Ogden, Mick Mattingly, Brad Whitford, Nick Coulstock, Luke Morris, Adam Lovison, Jason Morgan.

KYABRAM reserves had another resounding win, keeping their rivals to one goal for the game while kicking 19 themselves.

There were some good signs for the Bombers in the win with Hayden Gemmill announcing he is ready to resume at senior level with a bag of five goals.

Kyabram’s best player on the day was the hard running Connor Cowley who knocked up getting kicks all over the ground and also finished with five goals.

Makenzie Ryan also made an impact on the forward line with four goals while big man Kyle Fitzgerald was dominant in the ruck and played well all over the ground.

Another of the Bombers’ tall timber Zane Coventry also set up a lot of fruitful moves while Josh Dillon, Tom Curnow, Brady Cooper, Tom Schumann and former senior skipper Josh Vick also won a lot of the ball in the runaway win.

The Bombers will find it much tougher this Saturday against competition pacesetter Seymour, yet to taste defeat this season.

KYABRAM thirds also proved too good in their game with a 100-point winning margin.

The Bombers again had a reliable target up forward in Ethan Palma-Ludeman who followed his bag of eight goals the previous week with six more majors.

Sam Langley was also a reliable target up forward and was able to reap the work of onballers Ben Turpin, arguably Kyabram’s best player on the day, Daniel Lawson, Cooper Vick, Liam Dillon and Riley Ironside.

Big man Aidan Robinson did a power of work along with Tom Burnett and Mitch Gugliotti while Brenton Braiser and Noah Ryan were solid in defence.

—Gus Underwood