Kyabram produced one of its best wins for the season at the most appropriate time at Benalla on Sunday to book itself a place in the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final.
Kyabram produced one of its best wins for the season at the most appropriate time at Benalla on Sunday to book itself a place in the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final in two Sundays time.
The Bombers not only beat Shepparton United in the second semi-final, but did it with the authority of a team keen to end a 17-year premiership drought.
The Bombers produced a superb team effort to run out winners by 42 points in a final scoreline that actually flattered the Demons.
United kicked some late goals when Kyabram was resting some of its key playmakers, or the margin would have been decidedly larger.
At one stage, the Bombers were nearly 13 goals in front after Nathan Beck and Liam Ogden had put the Demons behind the point of return in the third term with three each.
That snuffed out any chance of a miracle comeback by United.
The Bombers were in total control for 90 percent of the game and carried no passengers, with every player chipping in to execute the win.
Murray Bushranger Nick Holman, Nathan Beck, Tom Sheldon, Liam Ogden and Chris Atkins were standouts and ruckman Jake Reeves, playing bravely with a heavy heart, was right up there with them.
Beck’s return has given the Bombers an extra hard edge and goal-kicking option in its attack and his fierceness was rewarded with five goals.
Ogden, back on the ball, played with his old flair and dash and nabbed three goals, while Paul Newman’s four-goal first half was another telling contributions that virtually sealed United’s fate by half-time.
But players such as the ever-reliable Nick Coulstock, the young gun with some freakish talent Luke Morris, Tom Holman, the youngest player in the side who gets one of the toughest assignments each week, and Hayden Gemmill added some extra running power with their youthful legs.
And experienced men in Josh Linton, Brad Edwards, Xavier Hilton, Simon Seddon, Jason Morgan, Sam Sheldon, Ryan Emmett, Axel Childs were there when needed.
Morgan had a tough job in century goalkicker Jason Eagle, but did as good as any other player could on the star spearhead.
It was a superb team effort that reaped almost the ultimate dividend — a place in the grand final.
Defender Dale Gillespie, Brad Henderson, Tim Looby, Eagle with five goals and Matt Rendina were probably the pick of the United players, but many of their star players weren’t allowed to get into the game.
Kyabram coach Dave Williams was a happy man after the game and described the win as a great team effort.
‘‘Our tackling and pressure was terrific and it was a real character-building win,’’ Williams said.
The Bombers’ grand final opponent will be either Shepparton United or the Shepparton Swans, who will meet in Sunday’s preliminary final at Deakin Reserve.
My best: Kyabram — N Beck, N Holman, T Sheldon, C Atkins, L Ogden, J Reeves, J Linton. United — B Henderson, J Eagle, D Gillespie, T Looby, M Rendina.
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More than a hundred CFA members gathered on Friday night for the Echuca Urban Fire Brigade’s annual dinner.
Rochester couple Tanya and Mick Baker are looking forward to their new venture, wine making.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
The annual chance to meet, mix and ride with world-class cyclists is a success again.
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SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
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