Kyabram and Shepparton Swans will renew hostilities tomorrow and star Bombers forward Paul Newman will line up for his 200th game in what is expected to be a battle royale.DAMEN FRANCIS June 20, 2014 3:10am
Kyabram champion Paul Newman will play game 200 for the Bombers when they host Shepparton Swans tomorrow.
Round 12 last year holds some significance for Goulburn Valley Football League heavyweight combatants Kyabram and Shepparton Swans.
The Swans led by six goals early in the final term at Princess Park, before the Bombers stormed home to snatch the victory by eight points.
Kyabram went on to win the premiership, while the Swans gained a new lease on life and were surprise preliminary finalists.
They meet for the first time since at Kyabram Recreation Reserve tomorrow.
‘‘We spoke about it (last year’s game) and somehow still shake our heads,’’ Swans coach Brett Warburton said.
‘‘It probably changed us that game. Even though we lost we knew we could match it with the best sides in the comp and it probably put us in the position we are today.
‘‘It gave a lot of belief to guys like Kaiden Antonowicz, the (Jessie) Finnens that have been there over the journey, the Micky Tinklers and even though it hurt, we realised ‘hang on, we’re going all right here’.’’
Kyabram also answered critics that day, who suggested the Bombers couldn’t win big games without Paul Newman.
The champion forward was out injured, but will play game 200 tomorrow and Bombers coach David Williams hoped his side could do its champion forward justice.
‘‘He’s been a great clubman and a great ambassador for the football club, so hopefully we play good footy and get the four points,’’ Williams said.
Tom Campbell has got most of the big jobs in defence for the Swans this season, but Andrew Riordan is expected to start on Newman.
The Bombers beat the Swans without their best forward last year, but will have to do so without their best defender this time around, having lost interleague backman Jason Morgan to a knee injury.
Tom Jones (calf), Kyle Mueller (hand) and Brad Edwards (lower leg) are still two or three weeks away from a return and Brett Morgan is overseas.
Rhys Clark will pinch hit for Jake Reeves in the ruck, whose duel with Mitch Bell — supported by Brodie A’Vard — looms as key to the all-important midfield battle.
‘‘They’ve got a lot of players that are very classy, so we’re going to have to try to get our match-ups right and play good physical football to get over them,’’ Williams said.
‘‘We’ll play our game how we’ve been successful over the last year-and-a-half. There’s no defensive side to it, it’s just one-on-one football and be aggressive and get numbers to the ball.’’
Swans leading goal-kicker Justin Maddern is in doubt with a broken toe, but on-baller Tyson Sidebottom, who was a late withdrawal against Echuca last weekend, is expected to play.
Swans are second on the ladder and Kyabram third, separated only by percentage.
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.
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