Kyabram claimed its first Goulburn Valley Football League premiership in 17 years on Sunday.
Dave Williams declared this year’s version of the Kyabram Bombers as the best side he had coached after they landed their first flag for 17 years on Sunday.
After squandering a host of first-half scoring chances and allowing their rival Shepparton United to get within seven points at three-quarter-time, the Bombers stood up when they had to in the last term to kick away to a 51-point win in the season decider at Deakin Reserve.
First out of the blocks and keeping United goalless in the first half, the Bombers were seriously challenged in the third term when United kicked six goals, the last four unanswered, to Kyabram’s two to leave the game in the melting pot at three-quarter-time.
But like they have done so many times this season, the Bombers saved their best for last and proceeded to slam on eight goals, some of them that will be talked about for years, while holding their rivals to just one goal in the final stanza.
Heroic captain Paul Newman slotted the first goal in the fourth minute of the last term that gave the Bombers the start they needed.
Young star Nick Holman followed with two more at the six and eight-minute marks to completely wrest back the initiative and momentum United had gained in the third term.
Shaun Huy pulled one back for United, but Rhys Clark, courtesy of a screamer in the goal square, quickly replied. Xavier Hilton then kicked accurately from an angle, Nathan Beck threaded his second for the game and Newman booted his fifth. This all happened in the space of six minutes to put United beyond the point of no return — this time for good.
Just to rub it in a little more, spring-healed Luke Morris took his second skyscraping mark for the match and sent the army of Kyabram fans into a frenzy with the final goal of the match and the season.
The 17-year premiership wait was finally over for long-suffering Kyabram fans.
This was another character filled performance from the Bombers and again achieved with every player chipping in at some stage.
Some did a bit more than others.
Ruckman Jack Reeves, Tom Sheldon, Nick Holman, Luke Morris, Jason Morgan and skipper Newman were there all game making wonderful contributions.
Then there was veteran Chris Atkins, who set the Bombers alight early along with busy small men Liam Ogden and defenders Tom Sheldon and Hilton.
In the second quarter, some of the unsung heroes in this talented and versatile Kyabram side in Ryan Emmett, Hayden Gemmill, Justin Chambers and Tom Holman, with support from the experienced players Jason Morgan, Beck and Josh Linton, made their presence felt and ensured Kyabram maintained their momentum, although it wasn’t translating on the scoreboard.
Sam Sheldon, Axel Childs, Nick Coulstock, Brad Edwards fought ferociously, as usual, in the clinches to keep freeing up the ball and to capitalise on the dominance of big-hearted ruckman Reeves. Reeves rucked non-stop for the first three quarters before the versatile Beck gave him a hand in the last term.
Thrown a challenge by his coach at three-quarter-time, Simon Seddon cut loose at times in the last term to help keep the Kyabram momentum flowing.
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