Soak up Bomber greatness

September 25, 2017

Brad Edwards and Jason Morgan embrace after helping Kyabram to its second straight unbeaten premiership season.

Winning one game is difficult, but to do it 42 times in a row is simply outrageous.

It is something they will talk about until the end of time.

Kyabram is the most dominant team in Goulburn Valley League history.

That is beyond doubt.

While some old-timers within the league will continually debate if the Bombers are the best ever, this period of sheer brilliance is unbelievable.

There have been talent-laden teams in the past, but none have ever won as much as Kyabram has in these past two years.

Something special has happened at Bomberland because you are not supposed to be able to do what they have done.

Even the great Albury team stumbled in the Ovens and Murray grand final on Saturday in pursuit of a fourth straight premiership.

As good as the Tigers are across the border, they still lose games on occasion.

Great teams do lose, just not Kyabram.

Before last year, only Nagambie in 1939 during World War II had become premiers and champions of the GVL.

The Bombers made history when they did it last season and this year they were even more convincing in taking out the title.

Rochester gave Paul Newman’s side a mighty fright in last year’s decider, but yesterday Shepparton never seriously threatened the Bombers.

They were down at quarter-time as Shepparton kicked with a strong breeze, but there was no panic in the Kyabram camp.

At the huddle, the Bombers were the most calm and assured team you could ever imagine, considering they were down in a grand final they were expected to win easy.

There was that quiet confidence that has been Kyabram’s hallmark; not cocky, but just the belief that has got the Bombers this far.

Captain Josh Vick had decided to kick into the breeze after winning the toss.

A decision like that can be suicide in a final — just ask Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin about the Adelaide Oval in 2014.

But the Bombers hung on for dear life with their incredible defence restricting Shepparton to 1.2 and scoring only one behind themselves.

It was a three, maybe four or five-goal advantage with the breeze.

When the Bears went into the first break with only a seven-point lead it was almost game over from that point.

Kyabram has lost plenty of grand finals in its history, with a lot of players involved in this side featuring in tough defeats in the past. But this was never going to be a bad day for the Bombers and their experience against a young Shepparton team featuring a number of grand final debutantes was telling.

Plenty of grand final defeats in the early days came against Shepparton, with this victory the first the Bombers have had on the biggest day against the Bears.

Paul Newman has stamped his mark as one of the most influential figures in the history of this league.

Kicking bags of goals for the Bombers and the interleague team, winning two flags with his beloved Kyabram and now an undefeated super coach.

Newman’s record as a coach stands at 42-0 and he is on track to surpass boxer Floyd ‘‘Money’’ Mayweather’s 50-0 by round nine next year.

There is no reason why the Bombers won’t keep it altogether, even though they could lose star players such as Rhys Clark, Lachie Smith and definitely Vick, who announced his retirement after the game.

We will never see anything like this again in the GVL, maybe not in a major league in country Victoria at all.

So soak it up and appreciate what Kyabram has achieved and all hail Newman’s invincibles.

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