200 reasons to smile - Kyabram posts a fitting score on star Jason Morgan’s special dayBy Kyabram Free Press
TWO hundred — that was the magical number at the conclusion of the Kyabram-Mooroopna game at Kyabram on Saturday.
The Bombers finished the game with an exact 200 points on the scoreboard for a fitting, belated celebration of Bomber Jason Morgan’s 200th game in the GVL.
Morgan, one of Kyabram’s greats of the modern era, celebrated with another vintage display to continue his hot vein of form.
Those two milestones aside, it was just another successful day at the office for the all-conquering Bombers, who posted their 54th successive win in dominating style.
Kyabram kicked 29.26 for the day while holding the Cats to 1.1 in a 193-point thrashing that could have been even worse for the visitors if the Bombers had fully capitalised on their chances at the goalfront.
The stats told the story of the runaway win: Kyabram had 79 inside 50s for the game to Mooroopna’s 14.
That’s a substantial difference, which reflected just how dominant the Bombers were.
Goal-kicking Kyabram forwards Kayne Pettifer and his partner in crime Kyle Mueller were able to cash in on the work of the team’s onballers and midfielders, who were in control for pretty much all of the game.
Pettifer bagged 10 goals to take his tally for the season to 79, while Mueller jagged eight to take his tally to 29 goals in just six games.
Kyabram came in waves all day with Liam Ogden, Mick Mattingly, Patrick Wearden, Aaron Hayes, Nick Coulstock, Jordan Williams, Riley Ironside, Sam Sheldon and Connor Cowley pumping the ball forward monotonously from the centre bounces and stoppages.
Ruckman Zac Norris continually got his hands on the ball and his relievers Brad Mangan and Adam Lovison were also dominant when they got time on the ball.
Morgan and Tom Holman were the standout defenders again in a backline where every player was up to every challenge.
The most pleasing aspect of the win was again Kyabram’s relentless hard running and tackling right to the final siren.
It is difficult to stay motivated when you are so superior to your rivals and the fact the Bombers were prepared to share the ball around with such controlled arrogance was both pleasing and entertaining.
The Bombers now get a week’s rest with the general bye this weekend in preparation for a tough run to the finals when they meet five of the potential finalists in the last six games, starting with Euroa — the side that has pushed it hardest this season — at Euroa on Saturday week.
In a game where every player did his bit I’m a bit hesitant to single out Kyabram best players because there was so many of them.
But I’ll have a stab: Patrick Wearden, Jason Morgan, Kayne Pettifer, Mick Mattingly, Liam Ogden, Tom Holman, Kyle Mueller, Nick Coulstock and Aaron Hayes.
RESERVES were far too good for a depleted Mooroopna, cruising to a 130-point win.
The Bombers opened the game with a barrage of nine first-quarter goals, but when Brady Cooper, Justin Chambers and Tom Hunt ‘jumped ship’ to help out with the Cats’ numbers the contest evened up considerably with the home side held to 14 goals for the final three quarters.
Cooper kicked two of Mooroopna’s only three goals for the game.
At the other end of the ground Kyabram had busy goalsneaks in Josh Dillon with five goals and Zaid Besim and Makenzie Ryan with four each.
Tom Schumann played his best game for the season at half back and through the centre while Will McDonell dominated the ruck with great support again from Kyle Fitzgerald and Zane Coventry.
Coby McCarthy was also prominent with his uncanny ability to free up the ball from the stoppages and along with Besim were the players who ignited Kyabram’s early burst of goals.
Skipper Tom Curnow turned in another top game while Billy Ryan and Bailey Bell were also good in the dominant win.
THIRDS kicked off another good day for the Bombers with a resounding 147-point win.
The young Bombers played a confident brand of football with big man Aidan Robinson dominant before leaving the ground in the third term with an injury.
Onballers and midfielders in Ben Turpin, Tom Burnett, Cooper Vick, Jarvis Waasdorp and Noah Ryan were busy and committed players on the day for the Bombers while strong marking key forward Sam Langley again displayed his talents up forward with a six-goal haul.
Liam Dillon was a busy and dangerous forward with three goals and Kane Sewell caused problems for the Cats with his elusive play.