Kyabram defeated Tatura in round one of the 2014 Goulburn Valley Football League.April 9, 2014 3:22am
Kyabram Football Club’s ‘Mission 86’ started positively at Tatura on Sunday, but only just.
A determined, hard-running, hard-tackling home side pushed the reigning Goulburn Valley league premier to the limit, with the Bombers prevailing by just 10 points — 15.8 (98) to 13.10 (88).
Both sides had their moments when they took the ascendancy in what was a fast, entertaining game to open their seasons in warm conditions.
Certainly Tatura will be heartened by its effort, with five walk-up senior players to come back into the line-up if everyone is available.
Three successive goals from Rhys Clark (two) and Paul Newman halfway through the second term after Kyabram kept the off-target Bulldogs goalless while kicking three goals in the first term looked a bit grim for the home side, but with Billy Hicks, skipper Billy Lovel and gun new Tasmanian recruit Sonny Whiting stepping right up, the game was back in the melting pot at half-time.
To this stage, ruckman Jake Reeves, determined onballers Sean Dillon and Josh Linton, defenders Jason Morgan and Xavier Hilton were in everything, while Newman had three goals.
Reeves looks set for a break-out season and got the Bombers rolling consistently during the game.
Clark also stepped up with some telling work in the forward line and also looks set for a big season.
With Liam Ogden sparking to life on a wing, the Bombers kicked the opening goal of the third term.
But Tatura hit back hard and with six successive goals from Whiting (two), Paul Kirby (two) Broadbent and Lovel, the home side edged to a handy lead for the first time in the game.
Late goals to under-18 debutant Kyle Mueller and Hayden Gemmill (two) enabled Kyabram to have its nose in front by three points at the last change and in a dour and even last term, the Bombers were able to keep in front with goals from experienced men in Josh Linton and Chris Atkins, ensuring the narrow win.
Kyabram coach Dave Williams said he was just pleased to get out of the game with the four premiership points against an impressive rival.
‘‘I think they (Tatura) are a very good side, so it was good we could rally when we had to get over them and that was probably the most satisfying thing about our win,’’ Williams said.
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