THE Kyabram Bombers put on a football clinic – with kicking for goal the only segment missing – in a merciless demolition of the Shepparton Swans at Kyabram on Saturday.
Apart from racking up 25 behinds, many from relatively easy shots, while kicking as many goals, the Bombers produced arguably their best team effort for the season in a 151-point win.
The Bombers dictated proceedings from the first bounce, didn’t concede a goal until the seven minute mark of the third quarter and leaked only three majors for the game.
The Kyabram players shared the ball all day and didn’t have a passenger in a slick, cohesive display spoilt only by that poor kicking at the goal front.
One of the main culprits was the evergreen Kayne Pettifer, who kicked eight goals but probably missed almost as many.
In all Kyabram had 11 individual goalkickers on the day such was their dominance and the willingness of the players to share the goals around.
The game starts in the centre and this is where the Bombers were in control for almost the entire game.
Zac Norris dominated the ruck and also contributed around the ground in his rapid progress to being one of the best big men in the competition.
And classy onballers in Mick Mattingly, Hayden Gemmill, Patrick Wearden and Brad Whitford, backed by Nick Coulstock and recruit Reid Crowe, ensured a non-stop flow into the Kyabram forward line.
Recruit Crowe played his best game for the club and adds to the mobility of this slick moving Kyabram machine.
Gemmill, making a welcome reappearance after a long stint on the sidelines, also gave a reminder he is a very classy player.
Emerging young players in Josh Dillon, Cade Mueller and Riley Ironside plus Aaron Hayes also set up many chances for the Kyabram forwards.
Kyabram’s defence was also again up to the challenge of keeping a side to a score that can’t win games.
Lachie Smith and Tom Holman were the standouts but Jordan Williams, Jason Morgan, Tom and Sam Sheldon also didn’t miss a trick all day.
Kyabram were missing regular senior players in Jake Reeves, Luke Morris, Josh Vick, Brad Edwards and Josh Pell so one of the motivating factors for many of the Kyabram players is the fact there are players capable of stepping up to take their place if they are struggling to find their best form.
Kyabram hosts another battler, Shepparton United, this Saturday.
My best for Kyabram in a very even team effort were Mick Mattingly, Kayne Pettifer, Zac Norris, Josh Dillon, Patrick Wearden, Reid Crowe, Nick Coulstock, Hayden Gemmill, Aaron Hayes.
■ANOTHER patched-up Kyabram reserves side put in a commendable effort against the Swans, going down by 22 points.
The Bombers again had to call up thirds players to make up the numbers and two of them Ethan Palma-Ludeman, who kicked three of Kyabram’s seven goals, and Liam Dillon, made their mark.
Kyabram’s standouts were defender Dan Gentle and onballer Stephen Drake while Jackson McLay, Harry Browning-Briese and Chris Walsh also made solid contributions.
■KYABRAM thirds chalked up another good win, highlighted by an eight-goal last term.
With skipper Mitch Gugliotti leading from the front with a sparkling and relentless display and other onballers in Liam Dillon and Cooper Vick also dominant Kyabram was control for most of the game.
Emerging big man Aidan Robinson also presented at every chance in attack where Ethan Palma-Ludeman and Tom Burnett also made their mark with four goals and three goals respectively.
Dylan Cox, Dylan Waasdorp and Noah Ryan also produced good games to help the Kyabram cause.