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Kyabram ready to tackle United

By Aydin Payne

It has been smooth sailing this season for heavyweight Kyabram as it enters its round 10 match against Shepparton United at Kyabram Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

The unbeaten Bombers have been clinical and are perched on top of the Goulburn Valley League ladder.

Kayne Pettifer (40 goals) and Kyle Mueller (36) continue to form the league’s most dynamic one-two punch up forward.

Mick Mattingly is coming off a best-on-ground performance in last weekend’s rout of the Shepparton Swans.

‘‘I feel like we are travelling along really well, but each week we want to see improvement,’’ Kyabram co-coach Sam Sheldon said.

‘‘We’ll look to work on a few things like our ball movement and intensity with the ball in hand.

‘‘And just really make sure we continue at a high level and not slip away.’’

Sheldon said two younger Bombers and a recruit had caught his eye after the opening nine rounds.

‘‘Brad (Whitford) and Joshy (Dillon) have both stood out with their commitment to the side, they are both very team-oriented players,’’ Sheldon said.

‘‘And Reid (Crowe) is going really well for us, he kicked a couple of goals last week in his third game for the club.

‘‘He’s fitted into the group nicely.’’

The Dees had a strong opening month of football — with a 2-2 record after four rounds — but have lost their past five matches.

Shane Neaves has been one of United’s top-performers this season, with the mountain ruckman earning four best-on performances from his nine games.

United will be strengthened tomorrow with Murray Bushrangers duo Zane Barzen and Liam Fiore available due to a bye in the NAB League.

They also welcome back VFL-listed player Jesse Cucinotta to the side and suspended midfielder Jack Norman.

‘‘It’s always great to have four players of that calibre come back into the side,’’ United coach Stephen Scott said.

‘‘Jesse is looking to get some continuity into his legs and having the two Bushies boys is great.

‘‘This weekend is a massive challenge for us, but everyone is looking forward to it.

‘‘Our main focus will be sticking to our team structure and trying to be consistent across four quarters.’’