Kyabram coach sends warning to players ahead of big game.May 21, 2014 3:55am
Kyabram emerged comfortable winners again from a scrappy home contest against Seymour on Saturday and received a timely warning from its coach Dave Williams in the process.
Williams warned the Bombers would need to lift measurably if they were to match other unbeaten teams in Benalla and Shepparton Swans in the next few weeks.
Benalla is Kyabram’s next rival on Saturday next week following Saturday’s interleague game.
‘‘We have to lift a lot on what we have been doing and everyone knows it,’’ Williams said.
The Bombers led all game against Seymour and finished 45-point winners, mainly courtesy of four goals to one in the last term.
The Bombers certainly squandered chances at the goalfront and could have won by more, but never really buried their rivals in a workmanlike, rather than ruthless, display.
While ruckman Jake Reeves and Xavier Hilton were welcome additions to the side, veteran utility Chris Atkins did not come up with a bruised calf, while teenager Kyle Mueller was ordered to take a week off to recover from a leg injury.
The versatile Hilton stepped straight back into the fray, playing on the ball and up forward and was particularly dominant in the first half.
Key defender Jason Morgan never plays a bad game and this was the case again, while his co-defender Brad Edwards did a good job restricting Seymour goalkicking champ Saad Saad to just three majors.
The Bombers got a solid contribution from Jordan Williams, while mobile Hayden Gemmill was busy on a wing.
Xavier and Josh Linton did some good work, while the Ogden brothers Liam and Eamonn also showed up at times. But Liam suffered a corked leg during the game that could rule him out of interleague selection on Saturday.
Seymour had stars in Hugh Robertson and former Sydney Swan Brett Meredith, while Harrison Wheeler, Dylan Scopel and Nathan Perrine also stood out at times.
Four successive goals in 10 minutes from ‘‘Comeback Kid’’ Troy Mitchell in the first term set the platform for the 41-point win.
Mitchell finished with a bag of eight of Kyabram’s 12 goals for the game.
Mitchell was able to capitalise on the hard work of Sam Nelson, William Wild, Zac Atkins and Stephen Drake, while Will Jackson again led the Kyabram defence in fine style.
The Kyabram defence led by Matt Morris, Logan Demasi and Bill Browning-Briese did a good job to keep the visitors to seven goals.
Up the other end of the ground, Coby O’Neill provided a sound aerial target with some strong marks to finish with four goals, while midfielders and onballers led by the mobile Connor Cowley with strong support from Jayden Mitchell, Beau Joyce and ruckman Zac Norris ensured the Kyabram forwards got the chances to kick a winning score.
Cowley, in his second game with the team, was an eye-catcher again with hard running, while Norris’ ruck work also set up a lot of chances for the team.
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