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Kyabram Bombers defeat bogey side Rochester

Kyabram broke a six-year losing streak against Rochester in emphatic fashion on Friday night.

April 23, 2014 3:29am

The smile on Jake Reeves' face shows how the Bombers players were feeling in the rooms after comprehensively defeating Rochester Tigers under lights at Kyabram Recreation Reserve on Friday evening.

Kyabram broke a six-year losing streak against Rochester in emphatic fashion before a huge Good Friday night crowd at Kyabram last Friday.

The Bombers blew the Tigers out of the water with some vintage running football in the first half, but marked time in the second half to register a 60-point win.

Kyabram had 22 shots on goal to seven in the first half and squandered a lot of chances that would have had its half-time buffer of 61 points much larger than it was.

In fact, Rochester took to the 23rd minute of the second quarter to register its first goal and managed only five for the game.

A Kyabram defence of Xavier Hilton, Xavier Linton, Jason Morgan and Tom Sheldon let nothing through in the first half when the Tigers went forward, while Chris Atkins, Rhys Clark and young Kyle Mueller were particularly damaging up forward.

Big Jake Reeves was also prominent again in the ruck, with other onballers Nick Coulstock and Axel Child adding more pressure on the visitors.

Apart from their finishing off around goals, the Bombers completely dominated their rivals with an impressive brand of play-on, relentless running football and switches of play that the sluggish Tigers seemed powerless to resist.

Only James Gledhill, who did a good job punching the ball away from the normally sticky-fingered Paul Newman, Ash Watson, Nick Knight, Mitch Bright and Brayden Dorrington were able to get a few kicks against the flow in what looked a total mismatch.

For full story see this week’s print edition of theFree Press.

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