In what can only be described as a game of two halves, Shepparton Swans emerged victors from its Shepparton District Junior Football League under-16 clash away from home against Kyabram Bombers on Sunday.
Despite remaining within striking distance for the first two quarters, the Bombers couldn’t match the Swans’ electric tempo after the midway point as the visitors stormed away to a 9.25 (79) to 2.5 (17) win.
Both sides came out swinging from the centre bounce, but a lack of composure in front of the sticks from the Swans meant Kyabram lingered close behind at the first break.
The second quarter bore similar results, as the Bombers tightened the margin to three points after some lacklustre execution from the Swans’ forwards.
But like a fine whiskey, the visitors only got better with time.
The Swans jolted out of first gear to streak away to an unassailable 28 point lead by the end of the third stanza as Kyabram could only produce a single behind.
Diesel Batey was a nightmare in the Swans guernsey, causing havoc all over the oval for his opposite markers earning himself the best-on-ground award for his side.
Kyabram was shown no mercy in the final quarter, as Lachlan Seddon and Liam Morrison got to work punishing the Bombers, with the pair finishing on two and three goals respectively.
Meanwhile Shepparton United escaped Congupna Recreation Reserve with four points by the skin of their teeth, upsetting Echuca 7.12 (54) to 7.5 (47).
It took a determined effort from the Demons to get over the line against the Murray Bombers, with all goal contributions coming from different individuals during the win.
Noah Long’s bag of three brought Echuca agonisingly close, but a surplus of elbow grease amongst the United defence helped the Demons record a famous victory against the second-placed Murray Bombers.
●In the second division, Shepparton Notre-Mooroopna had a field day during its battle with Shepparton United, running away with it in the second quarter to record a 65-point win.
The sides were neck and neck during the opening stages until the Cats flipped the switch shortly after the break, stunning the Demons.
Lachlan McCully and Taije Fitzsimmons had their goal-kicking boots firmly laced with the pair running the show inside 50, while Wyatt Scott was rewarded for his toilings with a best-on-ground award for the Cats.
Moama wasn’t pulling any punches on home turf against Kyabram, the hosts coming away with a comprehensive 24.21 (165) to 3.4 (22) win.
The Magpies let loose on the Bombers, tearing the visitors to shreds in all areas of the ground to move into third place on the table.
In the other game, Tatura steamrolled Rochester to notch a 104-point win.