BOMBER BLITZ BURIES TIGERS
THREE quarters of strong football. Then a fade-out. It’s the story of Rochester’s match against Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley League on Sunday.
While the Tigers trailed at every change, by three-quarter-time the deficit was only 26 points.
If the Tigers played their best football, they could maybe do the impossible and bring the mighty Kyabram Football Club to its knees.
Instead, the Bombers blew them out of the water.
They kicked 8.6 to just the single behind in the final quarter and the Tigers hopes were gone.
“They’re Kyabram,” Tigers coach James Flaherty said.
“You can give it your all in a game like that, but if you aren’t perfect, they will get you.
‘‘We faded late, which was obviously pretty disappointing, so they got over the top of us after that and we were done.”
Flaherty said while the ending of the game was disappointing, there was no need to overreact to the final quarter fadeout.
“This isn’t a common thing for us this year,” he said.
“It was obviously very disappoint- ing for things to go the way they did in the final term, but it isn’t like this has happened to our team multiple times throughout the year.
“We will obviously discuss it this week and try and figure out why this happened. But we don’t need to change anything in how we train and how we play to avoid this.”
Flaherty said his team’s game plan remains strong and he expects it to continue throughout the year.
“What we have been working on throughout the year has worked for us,” he said.
“The game style we have been working with throughout the season has been pretty effective and has delivered us the results that we have wanted.
“Our plan for the week is to continue to work on what we know. We have not been perfect this year, we have elements of it that need to get better. But that’s something that isn’t being forced by a result, it’s being forced by our own desire to get better every week.”
The Tigers now turn their attention to their trip to Euroa.
“They’re a great side and that’s not an easy trip to make,” Flaherty said.
“It’s going to be a difficult game, but will be a great test of where we are at.”
Rochester’s Tim Letcher marks strongly in front of the pack and well in front of Kyabram’s Jason Morgan while (right) Tiger defender Matt Kellett does his best to prevent a left-foot snap on goal from Bomber spearhead Kayne Pettifer.