THE Kyabram Bombers continued their march toward the 2018 season with an impressive display against Eastern Football League outfit Bayswater.
The Bombers welcomed back a strong contingent of their senior group on the weekend after they took a younger team to Myrtleford the week before.
“It was a good starting point for the year, I think it was a really good hit out for us and was happy with how it all went,” senior coach Paul Newman said.
“We still got to look at a few young blokes, Coby McCarthy and Cade Mueller both showed they are up to senior level, and Brad Whitford looks like he’s ready to take that next step.”
Bayswater implemented a ‘press’ in the early stages of the game and forced some impressive pressure around the ball.
“They came at us early and applied some really good heat with their press — we struggled to get through it early on,” Newman said.
“Once we got in at quarter time and addressed the press I thought we dealt with it really well.
“We did well to keep them to two goals to quarter time, and then after that to keep them pretty much goalless was pleasing.”
Brad Mangan was impressive in defence for the Bombers, cutting off Bayswater with multiple intercept marks.
He was part of a defensive unit that impressed Newman.
“We played with a relatively new back six and they held together really well.
“It was good to see the players buying into the type of two-way footy that we pride ourselves on and base our game around.”
Kyabram will finish its preparation this Saturday when it takes on reigning Ovens and Murray premiership winner Wangaratta Magpies.
It’s set to be a blockbuster clash between two of country football’s heavyweights.
It will be the last practice match the Bombers get before their season kicks off, and Newman said they will be treating it as a full dress rehearsal.
“We expect this one to be a really good hit out for us, we will get another couple of blokes back in for their first game so they might be a little bit scrappy but we will be pretty much full strength.”