Kyabram will look to keep its GVNL season alive without coach Belinda Lees tomorrow.By Hannah Driscoll
Kyabram coach Belinda Lees is excited for her team — and also a little jealous.
Unlike the past two seasons, the two-time Goulburn Valley Football League premiership playing coach will have to watch from the sidelines tomorrow as the Bombers battle against Shepparton United to keep their finals hopes alive.
‘‘More than anything, I’m really excited for them and want to see them succeed,’’ Lees said.
‘‘All I can do is ask them to do what I would like and hopefully they go there and do that.’’
The Bombers are no strangers to playing for their lives, despite their success in recent seasons.
Last year, they had to take the scenic route to the finals after a six-goal loss in the qualifying final against Shepparton Swans, which Kyabram eventually defeated in the season decider.
‘‘Last year, losing the first final was the best thing that happened to us because then we had to win every game to win the grand final,’’ Lees said.
‘‘We know what it’s like to play for your life and the girls are ready for it and excited.’’
Lees believes Kyabram has come into some good form the past month.
The Bombers have won four of their past seven games, with their three vanquishers in that period — Mansfield, Shepparton, and Shepparton Swans — earning the top three ladder positions.
The biggest of those three losses was 19 goals to the Bears in round 13 and the smallest was a 10-goal margin against the Eagles, the eventual minor premiers, in round 15.
Their round 11 match was a win against United, but Lees expects it to be closer this time around.
‘‘Every one of our girls needs to do their job and there is no match-up more important than anyone else’s,’’ she said.
‘‘If one of them don’t do it, then the likelihood of us winning is not very high.’’
Young goaler Elle Groves was in good form and Lees said the Bombers could rely on her to deliver, and she said the defence combination of Ash Mangan and Amy Gledhill was developing well.
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