HE MIGHT not be Kyabram’s youngest supporter but he’s certainly the keenest and most dedicated.
Oscar Shortis hasn’t missed a Kyabram game this season – and that includes the thirds and reserves as well as the senior games.
The 13-year-old St Augustine’s College student gets a close-up view of the thirds and reserves players because he runs the boundary for those sides each week before taking a seat to watch the all-conquering senior side in action.
Oscar just loves getting into the dressing rooms for the senior games to hear coach Paul Newman address the players and discuss strategies.
Newman even allowed Oscar the privilege of being in the inner sanctum prior to last year’s grand final to hear the players get last minute instructions behind closed doors to supporters and the public.
Oscar said he had followed Kyabram keenly since he was a small boy and really looked forward to his involvement with the club on match days and at training sessions.
“Yeah, it’s really good and I enjoy doing it,” he said while watching the Bombers have their second last training hit-out last Saturday morning in preparation for this Sunday’s season decider at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton.
And what does Oscar think about Kyabram’s chances of pulling off a hat-trick of wins on Sunday?
“If they play to their best they can win. I just hope they can.”