May 31, 2017

Kyabram's Kayne Pettifer flies for a big grab against Seymour.

AFTER its near miss the previous weekend, the Kyabram Bombers rebounded in the manner in which their coach, and supporters, hoped — with a merciless demolition of Seymour on Saturday.

Billed as the match of the season to date between the only two unbeaten sides in the competition, the Bombers blew the Lions out of the water in the second half to run out winners by a thumping 82 points at Seymour.

Kyabram kicked 13 second half goals to Seymour’s two having led by 16 points at half-time.

Bombers coach Paul Newman described his team’s last two games as chalk and cheese.

‘‘We just didn’t put any pressure on against Tatura so we worked on that during the week. Really, desperation was the only difference between the two games,’’ Newman said.

After an even first 15 minutes of the game at Seymour, Kyabram showed it was running on top of the ground and gradually took full control in arguably its best team performance of the season so far.

Kyabram was close to full strength for the clash with key utility and triple club best and fairest Jason Morgan (hamstring), Hayden Gemmill (osteitis pubis) and Josh Pell (reserves) the only players from last year’s premiership side who didn’t play on Saturday.

Seymour, who had two of its best players in Matt O’Keefe and Hugh Robertson missing, played into Kyabram’s hands with a short chipping game which enabled the Bombers to get players behind the ball.

The Bombers ,who looked slow against Tatura the previous week, made most of the running in the game, particularly in the second half.

Onball, offensively and defensively Kyabram were much too good for their rivals.

With Adam Lovison relishing the challenge of playing on legendary Seymour goalkicking machine Saad Saad and keeping him goalless, and co-defenders Josh Vick, Lochie Smith, Tom Holman and Liam Barrett also prominent, Kyabram’s defence was back to its miserly best, leaking only five goals for the game.

Onballers and midfielders were also in control for the Bombers.

Big ruckman Jake Reeves played his best game for the year and was well supported by Zac Norris while Aaron Hayes, Nic Coulstock, Jordan Williams, Liam Ogden, Patrick Wearden, Sam Sheldon and Brad Edwards ensured the Kyabram forwards had the chances to kick a big score.

Evergreen Kayne Pettifer obliged with five goals and a nomination for Mark of the Year while the elusive and hard tackling Kyle Mueller continued his big season with another tenacious display which produced three goals.

Key forward Billy Burstin and Brad Mangan also added to the Seymour woes in defence by presenting at every opportunity with Mangan’s two goals at the start of the third term igniting the Bombers to their dominant second half.

The Bombers host Shepparton United this Saturday and if they are as hungry for a win as they were at Seymour their winning streak will stretch to 28.

My best for Kyabram were: Aaron Hayes, Nic Coulstock, Liam Ogden, Bill Burstin, Jordan Williams, Jake Reeves, Patrick Wearden, Kayne Pettifer, Kyle Mueller, Adam Lovison, Brad Mangan.

■ Kyabram reserves notched another win, getting the better of their rivals after quarter time to run out winners by 42 points.

The Bombers had some experienced players in Locky Dillon, Josh Pell, Will Wild, Andrew Pryde, Tom Hunt and Kyle Halliwell showing the way while young guns Brad Whitford and Charlie McLay were major contributors in the win.

The Bombers also had a target up forward in strong marking and straight kicking big man Kyle Fitzgerald. He booted four goals after playing the first half in the thirds game in which he slotted five majors so in two games posted nine goals on the day.

Two ‘blasts from the past’ pulled on the Kyabram jumper – ruckman Zane Coventry and Richard Walsh.

According to coach Mark Dillon, Coventry’s appearance was a one-off but Walsh will be available for games if struggling for numbers.

Experienced Brenton Sheppard also helped make up the numbers and did some good strong work that may lead to his arm being twisted a little to play more regularly.

■ Kyabram thirds are still unbeaten after brushing Seymour aside in another strong performance.

After a relatively slow start the young Bombers erupted in the second quarter kicking nine goals — seven of these coming in eight minutes — with Kyle Fitzgerald on fire with four of these majors.

When he wasn’t kicking goals Will McDonell and Kane Sewell were, each finishing with three while James Ross, Daniel Lawson and Curtis Ryan were also multiple goalkickers in the runaway win.

The Bombers got a top game from high leaping ruckman Brad Napier who was well supported by Matt Price while Coby McCarthy, James Ross, Mal Hedges and Daniel Lawson were busy players all day in the impressive win.

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