KYABRAM Red scored a two-point victory in a close tussle against Rochester in under 16 football on the weekend.
Rochester came out firing and had the first goal of the game within minutes.
Ky’s onballers responded with Aidan Robinson continuing his dominant ruckwork and giving Connor Hawes, Daniel Anderson, Charlie Lloyd and Zavier Briggs first use of the ball.
Charlie Lloyd swooped on a forward entry for our first goal and Ky Briggs got the ball to boot quickly in a congested goal square for our second.
Ky then eased off a bit and didn’t chase the Rochester players who swarmed forward when they won possession – this resulted in two late goals to the Tigers who took a narrow lead at quarter-time.
The second quarter saw Ky’s onballers take control with Connor Hawes working hard in and under packs, creating space and being an option or dropping back a kick behind the play to take some strong marks under pressure.
He put in a best on ground performance with an impressive tally of possessions.
Aidan Robinson also vied for the honours with his ball winning ability around the ground over four quarters. His strong marking and ability to win the ball at ground level were impressive.
Charlie Lloyd produced a long run and carry to set Zavier Briggs up for our first goal of the second quarter with Daniel Anderson then roving to Aidan Robinson’s ruckwork to snap our second before Rochester kicked a late goal to narrow the margin to less than a goal at half-time.
Ky’s wings in Jackson Barnett, Sam Plumb and Jack Nevill were all winning the ball for us and giving our forwards opportunities.
Rochester had chances in the third quarter but only kicked two goals to Ky’s three with some solid work from Noah Ryan, Jake Plumb, Cody Harrison and Jayden Fitzgerald in defence.
The boys showed poise to rush a number of behinds during the quarter. Cooper Gentle had a big weekend with his golf but showed his football ability with some strong overhead marks as well as his defensive pressure at contests.
Ky’s goal kickers were Curtis Walsh after some skilful possessions and link play ended in his capable hands.
Cooper Gentle then kicked truly for our next before Lachlan Kerr playing his first game took a strong mark and then converted.
Ky had a lot of the play early in the last quarter with Connor Hawes kicking the team’s first goal after a number of missed chances. Curtis Walsh then set up a goal for Charlie Lloyd and Rochester were running out of time.
The Tigers kicked a goal on the final siren to close the margin but it was a gutsy team effort that got Ky the points.
Ky Red’s goal kickers were Charlie Lloyd 2 with singles to Daniel Anderson, Ky Briggs, Zavier Briggs, Cooper Gentle, Connor Hawes, Lachlan Kerr and Curtis Walsh. The awards went to Connor Hawes, Aidan Robinson, Charlie Lloyd, Noah Ryan, Jake Plumb, Cody Harrison & Ky Briggs.
■ AFTER a disappointing effort last week, Kyabram Black returned to the winners list this week with a fantastic win over Echuca Green.
Kyabram started slowly with a taller Echuca side making the most of their early chances leading by 19 points at quarter time.
In the second quarter Kyabram was running hard to contests and tried hard to gain the ascendency but with Ethan Palmer Ludeman being well held up forward the hard work of the midfield wasn’t paying off on the scoreboard.
The defence was holding up well with Echuca restricted to only one goal for the quarter and Kyabram had reduced the deficit to 13 points.
In the third term coach Sam Vick made some changes the biggest of these being to put Ethan Palmer Ludeman in the back line to provide some strong marking defence and to open up the forward line for Kyabram’s faster, smaller ball players.
This allowed Tom Burnett, Mitch Gugliotti and Kaleb Ford to run into the forward 50 and make it harder for Echuca to mark up these options.
With Cooper Vick winning in the ruck contests the boys had a great quarter kicking four goals and the backline restricting Echuca to just one point Kyabram had a 16-point lead at the final break.
The final quarter was fairly even. Wez Hill provided some great rebounding defence and the small players like Cam Price, Billy Preddy, Ben Schumann and Ryan Cox taking on and winning the ball against much bigger opponents.
In the end Kyabram ran out 10-point winners.