After missing last season Mitch Kyle has returned to the fold at Mooroopna in time to enjoy the Cats' sweet victory over Shepparton United in Goulburn Valley Football League.HANNAH DRISCOLL April 15, 2014 3:10am
Mitch Kyle missed last season, but was able to celebrate Mooroopna’s breakthrough win against Shepparton United at the weekend.
Only two games back from a long absence from Mooroopna and Mitch Kyle was enjoying one of the Cats’ sweetest victories in recent times.
On Saturday the 21-year-old joined his teammates in belting out the Mooroopna song after beating arch rival Shepparton United, the first time they’ve been able to do so after facing the Demons since 2009.
Kyle, who played in the 2012 two-point loss against United, spent 10 months overseas in Europe last year on a working holiday, returning to Australia a week out from the grand final.
He booked a one-way ticket and spent about six months in London and three months in Spain, as well as a bit more travel through Europe.
He also played a handful of games with the North London Lions, but said he started to miss football back home when he saw photos of his teammates halfway through the season.
Kyle said the fact the Demons had the Cats’ measure the past few years was talked about at training last week and was in the back of everyone’s mind for the match.
‘‘We were confident going into the match, but at the same time we knew the job had to be done on the day if we wanted to come away with the four points,’’ Kyle said. ‘‘It was definitely something we talked about as a group and really desperately wanted that game.’’
In this side under coach Blake Campbell, Kyle finds he has a new role in the backline and lined up against United’s Tom Scott on Saturday.
‘‘It was such a long day I guess, with the build-up during the week and then coming out after half-time and I think it was six minutes into the third quarter and Harry (Osborn from United) went down,’’ he said.
‘‘The day did drag on, but we knew after that break with the ambulance that we needed to keep the momentum going our way and if we could build on that in the second half we knew we would be in for a shot.’’
Kyle will be available to play the Anzac Day match against Shepparton, the first time his former senior coach — now Bears mentor Brad Campbell — will coach against his brother Blake.
Then he and his wife Sara, who he met while he was in London, will be heading to her native country Spain and he has calculated he will miss three games.
Thousands of people attended the Shepparton dawn service on Anzac Day, with the RSL tipping it could be the biggest ever.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
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Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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