Kyabram to play Seymour in GVBD division one

By Alex Mitchell

Kyabram could barely have looked more impressive in its start to Allan Matheson Shield season, embracing its tag as favourites to claim the division one title.

The Power is at home this weekend against Seymour with a 3-0 record, losing just one of 12 rinks it has contested against Nagambie, East Shepparton and Hill Top.

Now awaiting the side is 1-1-1 Seymour, fresh from a thrilling one-shot win against East last weekend.

After such a compelling start of the year, Kyabram coach David Cartwright said the team was feeling good, but there was plenty of work to be done yet.

‘‘It’s very good, there’s a positive vibe around the place at the moment,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re really backing each other and training well. We know the competition in division one is not as strong as it’s been, but there’s four or five teams that can beat anyone if you’re not at 100 per cent.

‘‘We’re wary of everyone and looking forward to getting our mix right. There are three or four players in the twos who are really pushing for ones, that competition is really healthy.’’

After its round one game was abandoned, Seymour was uncompetitive in a 42-shot loss to Nagambie before bouncing back brilliantly to beat East 102-101.

Cartwright did not know quite what to expect from the opposition, but said his team was getting used to being the hunted side this campaign.

‘‘They’re an unknown quantity, we expect them to come at us with nothing to lose,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll try and do the things we’ve planned on, we try not to worry about opposition or anything like that too much.

‘‘You feel (being hunted) a little bit, but that’s okay, and we know Golf has dealt with that for years. It’s a positive to playing with that feeling, and you want to learn to deal with it and get used to it early in the season.’’

●Elsewhere, Shepparton Park will look to respond to its grand final rematch loss last weekend, heading home to tackle Nagambie.

Nagambie’s season has started off as somewhat of a rollercoaster, with a 110-shot loss, a 42-shot win and then a narrow six-shot loss away at Stanhope last weekend.

Park had excelled with two straight wins before running into the brick wall that is Shepparton Golf, handed a 41-shot defeat where all its rinks fell.

Golf will back itself in to stay undefeated, travelling to face winless Hill Top.

The Hillbillies gave Kyabram a good run last weekend in a 21-shot loss, with Murray Stark grabbing a 27-19 rink win so they did not leave empty-handed.

Golf has claimed seven of eight rinks it has contested this season as it looks for yet another premiership.

The final division one clash of round four will see bottom-four sides Stanhope and East Shepparton clash, with one side to take a huge boost from the fixture.

Stanhope earned its first win for the campaign last weekend beating Nagambie in a 97-91 arm-wrestle, a big win for Shane Walsh against Robert Smith doing the damage.

East will be out to move on from its heart-breaking one-shot defeat to Seymour, where Allan Hueston’s 30-14 scoreline could not drag the side to a memorable win.