Ky cuts loose
Newman said Lachie Smith, who has been playing VFL with Footscray, would be returning for the clash at Echuca while utility Luke Morris, recovering from a quad strain, is also a chance.
But Aaron Hayes, who has a hamstring strain, won’t be risked and is not likely to reappear until after the bye on August 11.
My best for Kyabram were: Liam Ogden, Tom Holman, Jason Morgan, Nick Coulstock, Brad Mangan, Zac Norris, Kayne Pettier, Sam Sheldon, Liam Barrett. ■ KYABRAM reserves bounced back from their loss the previous week to Euroa with a resounding win against a depleted rival which had to top-up with some thirds players to get a side.
But the Bombers played fine free-flowing footy for most of the game and set up the 168-point win with a first-quarter avalanche of eight unanswered goals. In fact Kyabram didn’t concede a goal on the day.
The Kyabram forward line was particularly explosive, led by Zane O’Donnell and Makenzie and Billy Ryan.
O’Donnell turned back the clock to his dominant junior years to produce his best game for the season with a seven-goal haul while Makenzie Ryan snared four to keep him on top of the competition’s goalkicking list with 46.
The Bombers main prime movers were Bailey Bell and Coby McCarthy, who ignited the Bombers early with his dominance around the packs.
Hard-running smaller players in James Ross and Josh Dillon also put in lively displays for the Bombers while Dan Gentle and Zaid Besim made telling contributions in a good team effort
Ruckman Will McDonell put in another solid display.
Kyabram welcomed back senior premiership skipper Josh Vick for the game with several players unavailable through injury.
The Bombers are in for a much more serious challenge this Saturday against another flag aspirant and second rung holders, Echuca, in a duel for top spot on the ladder. ■ KYABRAM thirds had a solid 43-point win after leading all game.
Benalla could field only 16 players, which Kyabram had to match, and put in a spirited display despite being outclassed.
The Bombers had a reliable goto forward in Ethan PalmaLudeman who took some strong grabs and excelled in the one-onone duels.
He finished with six goals but it could have been nine or ten as he missed with several shots.
He was able to cash in on the work of Tom Burnett, Harry Browning-Briese, Daniel Lawson and Liam Dillon in particular.
Sam Barbagallo was lively in attack for the Bombers and Sam Langley did some good work at times.
In defence Brenton Brasier and Jacob Liversidge were steady.
The Bombers were without their Bendigo Pioneer players Riley Ironside and Cooper Vick and also ruckman Ben Napier but star big man Aiden Robinson’s season is over through injury.
Kyabram meets Echuca this Saturday with top spot on the ladder at stake.
Ky co-captain Brad Edwards gets a handball away under pressure from Benalla’s David Mennan.