Ton of fun for Kayne

Kyabram Free Press - - SPORT - By Gus Un­der­wood

KYABRAM’S fi­nal home-an­d­away game for the sea­son es­ca­lated into a Kayne Pet­tifer ‘Cen­tury Spec­tac­u­lar’ as the Bombers claimed their 60th suc­ces­sive win with a 58-point win over Rochester at Kyabram on Satur­day night.

When Pet­tifer snapped a goal from a hand­ball from Hay­den Gem­mill with a lit­tle over a minute of the game re­main­ing it brought up his sev­enth ma­jor for the game, his fourth for the quar­ter and his 100th for the sea­son.

The mile­stone goal pro­duced eu­phoric and un­prece­dented scenes on the Kyabram recre­ation re­serve with vo­cal sup­port­ers stream­ing onto the ground to share the mag­i­cal mo­ment with only the fourth player in the club’s long and proud history to kick 100 goals in a GVL sea­son.

It was also a good mon­key for Pet­tifer to have off his back go­ing into fi­nals after nar­rowly miss­ing out on the feat last sea­son.

As far as the rest of the game went in front of a big night crowd it was an­other Kyabram win. Noth­ing to write home about mind you, but in keep­ing with what the Bombers have been do­ing week-in week-out for the past three sea­sons.

Rochester put up some spir­ited op­po­si­tion and was in the game at half-time, but nine sec­ond-half Kyabram goals to the Tigers’ three pro­duced a de­ci­sive win in the end.

Kyabram went into the game with­out some gen­uine stars — Brad Man­gan, Kyle Mueller, Lachie Smith and Axel Childs — from the pre­vi­ous week while Nick Coul­stock was still side­lined with in­jury so it was a pretty sound ef­fort all con­sid­ered.

Apart from Pet­tifer, the Bombers had a star again in on­baller Liam Og­den while Tom Hol­man, Ja­son Mor­gan and Sam Shel­don led a Kyabram de­fence that leaked only five goals for the game.

Hay­den Gem­mill was lively and hinted he could be in for a huge fi­nals series, cap­ping an im­pres­sive dis­play with three goals.

Zac Nor­ris rucked strongly all game and Jor­dan Wil­liams con­tin­ued his re­cent sparkling form.

Rochester had a good player in young gun Will Hamil­ton while Rhys Free, Jack­son McEwen and Nathan Mar­rone also won plenty of the ball.

My best for Kyabram were: Liam Og­den, Tom Hol­man, Kayne Pet­tifer, Hay­den Gem­mill, Jor­dan Wil­liams, Ja­son Mor­gan, Sam Shel­don, Zac Nor­ris. KYABRAM re­serves pow­ered to a 159-point win with an­other im­pres­sive dis­play.

The Bombers had 12 in­di­vid­ual goal­kick­ers with Macken­zie Ryan boot­ing six to be the com­pe­ti­tion’s lead­ing goal­kicker for the sea­son.

Mo­bile Bai­ley Bell bagged four goals and along with other on­ballers in Josh Dil­lon, Justin Chambers, Charlie McLay, Zaid Besim and skip­per Tom Curnow kept the ball in Kyabram’s for­ward half for most of the game.

The Bombers also got an­other top game from ruck­man Kyle Fitzger­ald, who ig­nited the Bombers con­tin­u­ously from the stop­pages with his dom­i­nance while Will McDonell also did some good work. KYABRAM thirds have had a sud­den fall from grace at the wrong end of the sea­son, slip­ping from first to third, with de­feats in the last two games mean­ing they now face an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal this week­end.

A hard-run­ning and much quicker and co-or­di­nated Rochester out­played the Bombers on Satur­day to the tune of 40 points.

Kyabram looked alarm­ingly slow with only Cooper Vick, Billy McLay and Ben Napier able to get into the play con­sis­tently for the home side.

Mitch Gugliotti, Con­nor Hawes and de­fender Bren­ton Brasier bat­tled hard and Un­der 16 play­ers An­thony Depasquale and Cooper Gen­tle showed out at times but the young Bombers were out­played con­vinc­ingly on the day and paid a heavy price for the de­feat.

Kayne Pet­tifer is only the fourth Kyabram player to kick 100 goals in a GVL sea­son.

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