Kyabram and Tatura will line up for battle under lights tomorrow night.By Marc McGowan
At least one of Goulburn Valley Football League’s best sides will enter the finals with question marks.
Top side Kyabram and reigning premier Tatura meet in a Saturday night special in the competition’s final round.
A Bombers loss would be their second straight after an extraordinary 14-match winning streak, while the third-placed Bulldogs could go into the finals with four defeats in their past six games.
Not that either of the coaches has those scenarios in mind, although Kyabram coach David Williams wasn’t necessarily devastated to lose last week.
One more defeat would likely result in the Bombers slipping to third position.
‘‘The pressure is on to get that top-two spot and we had training Sunday morning and talked about a few things,’’ Williams said.
‘‘We learned (last week against Rochester) we’re not that far ahead of the pack .
‘‘But I would have hated going into finals with 16 wins in a row. I’ve never experienced it before in my life and we weren’t pumping sides — we were doing just enough to get by.
‘‘We’re not taking anything away from Rochester, because they played some really good footy on Saturday night and it was not as if we had a bad day.’’
A wealth of talent is in line to return, including key Kyabram quartet Luke Morris (calf), Xavier Hilton (flu) and Nathan Beck and Rhys Clark (both VFL), who has overcome hamstring tightness.
Williams rated spearhead Paul Newman (osteitis pubis) just a 10 per cent chance of playing.
Tom Durward (flu) will bolster Tatura’s defensive stocks and Rhodes Cousland (knee) will play at either senior or reserves level.
The Bulldogs’ versatility was a key in them coming back from 12 points down in round one against the Bombers to post a 38-point victory.
Ben Waite started forward that day before going down back to quell Newman, utility James Wall booted five second-half goals on Jason Morgan and Billy Lovel matched that haul after leaving Newman’s side.
Tatura coach Scott Grigg said he would take little out of that contest between the combatants.
‘‘They’ve got some different players there than last time, so we need to make sure we come prepared for their very best side to play and make adjustments,’’ Grigg said.
‘‘They’ve got a certain ball pattern and they do attack the corridor and we need to make sure our defensive starting positions are intact to make sure we try to take away their attacking brand of footy.’’
Lovel and Leigh Owen, who instantly added bite to the midfield, made welcome returns in the Bulldogs’ 146-point demolition of Echuca last round.
Billy Hicks is also in rare form, with Grigg saying the speedy goal-kicking midfielder had taken his game to another level this season.
A male allegedly armed with a hunting knifed stole cash from a Euroa McDonald's last night.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Drivers crossing the Echuca-Moama bridge faced delays this morning at 11.30am when a tractor lost its wheel.
Rochester’s old Courthouse is undergoing a facelift thanks to a restoration grant.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Australian sporting legends are at Heathcote Golf Club this morning for the MS Ashes Trek golf day to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Cobram Barooga Apex Club have raised more than $3600 for Irvin House at Cobram District Health.
Deniliquin RSL Club's A grade bowling championships came to a head on Sunday, with preliminary matches in B and C grade also taking place.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes has thrown his support behind the government’s proposed new domestic animal ownership laws.
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