Kyabram's Luke Morris doesn't mind taking a big grab and on Sunday he will have a big role to play when the Bombers take on Shepparton United in the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final.By Marc McGowan
White men really can jump — just ask Luke Morris’ Kyabram teammates.
Morris, one of the baby Bombers at just 20 years old, added to his highlight reel two Sundays ago with a screamer against Shepparton United in the second semi-final.
Morris and co meet United again in Sunday’s Goulburn Valley Football League grand final.
It is anyone’s guess where he will line up, given his spring-heeled ways mean coach David Williams can play him just about anywhere on the field, including in the ruck.
‘‘The main thing I liked about the game when I was younger was marking, so I like flying,’’ Morris said at the Bombers’ second-last training session last night.
‘‘Then I fell in love with basketball and I always wanted to dunk, (which I achieved) probably two or three years ago after really working on my leap and doing some programs.’’
But there is much more to Morris’ game than just his aerial work.
He regularly uses his athleticism and speed to burn past opponents and his goals on the run from beyond 50
Morris’ breakout year at senior level was last season, when he played all 18 home-and-away season games.
Two right calf injuries have wreaked havoc on his 2013 campaign, but Morris has done enough in eight matches for most observers to regard him as a future star.
‘‘It’s been the same calf each time and that’s my leaping leg, so it’s no good,’’ he said.
‘‘I did it in the second practice match then came back to it and was feeling really good, but then come the game against United here during the season and it went again.
‘‘That meant another eight or nine weeks out. The main thing I was worrying about was getting back in the side, because there is such great depth at the club.’’
Morris, who is doing an accounting cadetship in Shepparton, sought different physiotherapists and treatments to hasten his recovery and has played in both of Kyabram’s finals wins.
This finals series just happens to be his first at any level of football, although he played in back-to-back under-17 cricket premierships for Kyabram.
‘‘As a thirds side, the year above us or below us was always playing in finals, but we had a dud year in our last year of thirds with injuries,’’ Morris said.
‘‘We had 10 injuries or something at one stage, so this is my first finals series and so far it’s been an enjoyable one.’’
Morris said he felt fortunate to be just days out from playing in a senior grand final in one of country Victoria’s top leagues.
‘‘It’s pretty lucky, just with the people I’m playing with and against,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s pretty special and I feel blessed to be a part of it.’’
Shepparton’s diverse multicultural population will have access to a more comprehensive range of services thanks to a $150,000 grant to map the area’s multicultural communities and identify gaps in service provision.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
Tongala's Ben Scowen fell agonisingly short of his first century on the weekend, falling for 98 after handling the final ball of the innings.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Reigning Murray Valley Cricket Association premier Strathmerton was far too good for Finley on Saturday, registering a 115-run victory.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Christmas is a time of giving and UnitingCare Cobram has joined forces with Target to ensure no stocking is left empty this festive season.
The Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society has offered to run the sheepdog trials so it can be added to the local calendar of events again.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
Diane Young celebrated 30 years of service at Devenish Primary School.
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