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.
For full story see this week’s print edition of the Free Press.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.