Kyabram Free Press


- By Gus Underwood

Kyabram will start its bid to gain a top three spot, and a potential double chance in the Goulburn Valley League finals, at Kyabram this Saturday — without any spectators to cheer them on.

COVID-19 restrictio­ns have ruled out fans attending GVL games this weekend when the season resumes after three weeks and two rounds of lockdown.

The split round scheduled for last Saturday and this Saturday has been condensed into one fixture this Saturday with the Bombers hosting Shepparton United.

Kyabram also meets Shepparton United the following week at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton, then Mooroopna at Mooroopna before hosting Euroa in the final home-and-away round.

If the Bombers can account for Shepparton United twice and Mooroopna, their clash with Euroa could decide which side finishes third and gains the potential double chance in the finals.

The highest ranked eliminatio­n final winner battles for a spot straight into the grand final in the second week of the GVL finals system.

But co-coach Brad Edwards said his side would not be getting ahead of itself and will be taking each game at it comes.

Shepparton United is still in with a chance of playing finals, Mooroopna is just outside the top six while Euroa is in third place, a game clear of the fourth placed Bombers who have a slight percentage advantage.

Edwards has been happy with numbers at training under the frustratin­g circumstan­ces and said the sides that can adapt the quickest after another lengthy lay-off will make their presence felt in the run to the finals.

The Bombers will have midfielder Brad Whitford returning this Saturday after a lengthy layoff with a hamstring strain but Hayden Gemmill (hamstring) and Axel Childs (elbow) will miss the game.

The Bombers’ big challenge in the run to the finals is to get its once lethal forward line performing with more efficiency than it has all season.

■ Mansfield’s emphatic win over the previously undefeated Seymour in last Saturday’s only GVL clash has clouded the battle for spots in the top six even further.

Mansfield jumped into fifth spot on the ladder with the win and has left five sides battling for two finals spots with four home-andaway rounds remaining.

And in respect to the jostle for those spots there are some crucial games up for decision this Saturday with the Mansfield-rochester and Seymour-echuca games earning top billings.

This weekend games: Tatura v Mooroopna, Seymour v Echuca, Mansfield v Rochester, Kyabram v Shepparton, Benalla v Shepparton Swans, Shepparton v Euroa.

 ??  ?? Brad Whitford is back for Kyabram.
Brad Whitford is back for Kyabram.

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