Bombers leave dogs in tatters

August 10, 2017

This one's mine: Kyabram speedster Sam Sheldon looks to possession with Tatura's Colby McDonald in hot pursuit.

EARLIER this season Tatura got within five points of ending Kyabram’s winning streak, but that was never a possibility in the return bout on Sunday at Tatura.

Any aspirations the Bulldogs had of claiming Victorian country football’s most sought after scalp was in tatters by quarter-time after the Bombers had kicked the opening seven goals of the game and led by 50-points.

While Tatura kept the Bombers goalless in the second term when the reigning premiers lifted their work rate (with the wind) another five goals were added in the third term paving the way for an 88-point triumph.

Tatura has never really recovered from that early season plucky effort when they fully stretched the Bombers but have not been helped by injuries to key players since.

But with just two home-and-away games left for the Bombers and after a break this weekend due to the split round, Kyabram selectors will have dilemmas trying to settle a side to make the bid for back-to-back flags.

Key players in Billy Burstin and Jake Reeves didn’t play again on Saturday and their premiership teammates from last season Hayden Gemmill and Josh Pell also missed.

The Bombers had another positive result in Sunday’s clash with clear winners across the board again.

Onballers in Brad Whitford and Luke Morris were good all day and Liam Ogden and Kayne Pettifer ensured the Bombers were well and truly in the box seat early in the game.

Pettifer kicked three of the first seven goals the Bombers scored and finished with five and several misses to take his tally of goals for the season to 85.

Goalsneak Kyle Mueller snared a couple and also missed some shots along the way, while Axel Childs and Sam Sheldon were also multiple goalkickers in the big win. Whitford made a strong case to be retained in the senior side with another skilful game. He makes the right decisions when he gets the ball in his hands.

Kyabram’s defence was once again at its economical best.

Dasher Rhys Clark, Jason Morgan and Lochie Smith were standouts in this area for the Bombers and continually turned defence into attack with dominant displays.

Mobile players in Patrick Wearden, Jordan Williams and Sam Sheldon also did a lot of constructive work for the Kyabram cause and Aaron Hayes also made an impact.

Young ruckman Zac Norris battled hard against an old and wily warrior in Paul Kirkby and Nic Coulstock also worked hard all day.

Tatura had some good players in Tom Miller, Andrew Ciavarella, Brad Ryan and James Nihill while veteran ruckman Paul Kirby worked hard all day.

Thirds player Charlie Hill also showed enough to show he is a player with a future.

My best for Kyabram were Brad Whitford, Rhys Clark, Luke Morris, Jason Morgan, Jordan Williams and Patrick Wearden.

■Kyabram reserves got a kick start from senior coach Paul Newman who stripped in the first half to help out the numbers.

Newman proceeded to kick three of Kyabram’s seven first quarter goals which set the Bombers up for a 67 point win.

The Bombers kicked only four more goals for the game but conceded just one goal for the match in a decisive win.

The Bombers had a livewire forward in Billy Ryan and defenders in Brodie Corso and Michael Pryde set the example for teammates.

Tom Curnow was good again across half-back and through the centre and Tom Hunt, Adam Lovison, Steve Drake, Ben McDonell and Andrew Pryde got a lot of the ball in the Kyabram win.

The Bombers meet two sides below them on the ladder in the remaining two home-and-away games but will need some upsets to gain a top three finish.

■The Kyabram thirds were impressive again, continuing their unbeaten season with an 85-point win over fourth placed Tatura.

Tatura kept the Bombers under pressure for the first quarter but the visitors gradually took full control with its defence led by Layne Holden, Rylan Cunningham, Nic Darling and Harry Browning-Briese restricting Tatura to just three goals for the game.

The Bombers had key movers on the ball in Coby McCarthy, ruckman Kyle Fitzgerald while in attack Curtis Ryan, Kane Sewell and Madden Genio were particularly active.

The Bombers also got a lot of drive from midfielders Mackenzie Ryan and Angus McKenzie while Mal Hedges also stepped up.

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