Tigers elim­i­nated af­ter Bomber blitz

Rochester’s Ja­cob At­ley marks strongly in the Goul­burn Val­ley Football League un­der 18 semi-fi­nal against Kyabram.

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By JESS GLEDHILL

KYABRAM’S un­der 18 football side proved too strong for Rochester in the Goul­burn Val­ley Football league semi­fi­nal at Euroa on Saturday, end­ing the Tigers’ sea­son with a 60-point ham­mer­ing.

The Tigers al­ways knew it would be tough against the top-of-the-ta­ble Bombers and were out­classed by a bet­ter side.

Kyabram came out fir­ing to kick three goals and five be­hinds in the open­ing quar­ter and though Rochester re­sponded with one of its own, it found it­self 15 points in ar­rears at the first break.

The Bombers kept up the in­ten­sity in the sec­ond term, Will McDonell be­ing a dan­ger­ous player up for­ward end­ing the day with four goals and mak­ing things dif­fi­cult for Tigers’ de­fend­ers.

Kyabram kicked the first three goals of the sec­ond be­fore Rochester fi­nally found the board, but an­other two Bombers’ goals fol­lowed putting the Tigers 43 points be­hind at half time.

Ja­cob At­ley got the Tigers off to a solid start in third to kick the open­ing goal and the de­fend­ers worked hard to limit Kyabram’s scor­ing shots and keep the ball in their at­tack­ing half.

But Kyabram again proved its might and made the most of its op­por­tu­ni­ties, kick­ing the next three for a 53-point lead at the fi­nal change.

The fourth quar­ter went back and forth with Ri­ley Wachter kick­ing the fourth and fi­nal goal for the Tigers, 4.6 (30) to 13.12 (90) was the even­tual score.

Cody Toohill de­liv­ered one of his best games of the sea­son to be named as Tigers’ best, with Har­ri­son McPhee, Bai­ley Wile­man, Matthew Kel­lett, Charles Ward and At­ley giv- ing other no­table per­for­mances.

The thirds could take a lot of pos­i­tives out of the sea­son hav­ing won its first fi­nals game in seven years.

Al­though they were beaten on the day, there was plenty of promis­ing signs for the fu­ture of the club with many now step­ping up to se­niors in 2018. Rochester’s Matt Kel­lett has nowhere to go.

The Tigers’ Teaghan Bubb was on fire in de­fence for her side.

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