Kyabram Bombers and Murray Bombers will face off today in an Anzac Day clash under lights at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.LUKE MCMANUS April 25, 2014 3:04am
Kyabram’s Axel Childs (left) and Murray Bomber Matt Pollock will do battle tonight in the Goulburn Valley Football League’s Anzac Day match.
The last time Matt Pollock and Axel Childs honoured Anzac Day through football was side-by-side for Echuca five years ago.
Tonight, the pair will have another opportunity when Pollock’s Murray Bombers take on Childs’ Kyabram Bombers under lights at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
Despite wearing opposing jumpers, the former teammates will remain united in paying homage to the Australians who served and died in armed conflict.
‘‘The day is etched in Australian history,’’ Childs said.
‘‘It’s an opportunity to honour and reflect on our ancestors and the sacrifices they made.
‘‘It’s a privilege,’’ Pollock added.
Pollock said the significance of the 2009 clash with Mansfield had stayed with him despite losing by 37 points.
It’s not the football which Pollock remembered but the emotion which gripped the players as the pre-game ceremony echoed around Victoria Park.
‘‘I remember when we all lined up next to each other,’’ Pollock said.
‘‘It was such an awesome feeling with a huge crowd there and listening to the Last Post.
‘‘When you’re standing there with 21 of your mates, it’s pretty good.’’
Kyabram will feature two other former Echuca players — Tom Sheldon and Jordan Williams — who, with Childs, will be looking forward to coming up against their former club.
The trio will also look forward to playing in a team which looks as strong as the same time last season when the Bombers defeated Echuca by 57 points.
‘‘When we play our brand of football and do the things we want to do, we’re a very hard team to beat,’’ Childs said.
‘‘We need to keep building week after week and make sure we get right the things we can control.’’
Kyabram is one of three teams undefeated in the Goulburn Valley Football League, while Echuca is one of three yet to win a game.
Pollock said his side had worked hard on the training track to ensure they could take it up to the reigning premier tonight, in light of two disappointing but gallant losses against Rochester and Tatura.
‘‘As long as we play man-on-man footy, I’m confident we’ll give them a fair run,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve been working really hard on our shorter disposal as well, that killed us against Rochester, we just kept turning the footy over.
‘‘If we do those things right, I’m sure we’ll be competitive.’’
Joel Magnabosco’s inclusion should better Echuca’s disposal efficiency, while coach Andrew Briggs will look to big man Kane Morris to continue his solid start to the season by feeding the Murray Bombers’ midfielders in Pollock and Tom Stevens.
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