IN A clash against last year’s reigning premiers, the Kyabram Under 16 boys fell to Mooroopna.
The Ky boys knew they had their work cut out for them, despite it being Kyabram’s home game. Mooroopna, true to form, proved to be very tough competitors the entire match.
Sam Plumb and Kalab Ford both took it to the opposition using their shared asset of speed.
Kyabram was able to run the ball through the centre on many occasions, delivering a kick into Ky’s forward line only to have it turned over to Mooroopna.
Ky was unable to convert their inside 50s into points on the scoreboard and by half time Mooroopna was running away with the lead.
Mitch Fitzgerald, Cooper Gentle and Wez Hill shared the ruck work for Ky, each succeeding in some high vertical leaps and tap outs.
Nixon Torney, Blake McMeeken, Jack Norris and Darcy Keck did their fair share of laying hard and desperate tackles.
Once the ball was to ground, however, Mooroopna overpowered Ky in the contests and were much more successful at winning the ball and keeping possession of it.
Kyabram were heavily subdued by Mooroopna and were only able to kick three goals for the entire game.
One goal to Wez Hill in the first quarter and two to Matt Fleming in the second with great goal assists from Kaleb Williams.
In a crushing loss Mooroopna 109 defeated Ky 24.
The Ky boys have vowed to put their heads down to work, following this learning experience.