Ton of fun for Kayne
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.