Kyabram Free Press
Wombats trifecta stifled
Lancaster’s dream of completing a rare double for the third time in the space of 20 years may fall at the last hurdle if the Kyabram District Football League season is cancelled.
The Wombats are sitting undefeated on top of the league ladder and this weekend were due to tackle second placed Avenel in the final home-and-away match of the year.
Twenty years ago, in 2001, when the club won the KDFL premiership, it was ruckman Andrew Thomas who was the league best-and-fairest. Ten years later, in 2011, the club won the pennant again and it was Steve Thomson at the dais making an acceptance speech.
He is now one of three elder statesman, all members of that 2011 team, who are still playing with the Wombats senior team.
History may not have the chance to be repeated if speculation of the season being abandoned is proved correct due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.
It is looking increasingly more likely that the season will be called off, with no decision yet on how the “premiership” mantle will be delivered.
In different times the Sunday evening after the final round contest would feature the counting of votes in the Mcnamara Medal. But, as yet, no-one even knows when the medal count will be held.
Powerful Lancaster on-baller Tom Davies is our tip to finish on top after the counting of votes from the spasmodic season is complete.
He has played in all 11 of the Wombats matches this season and despite the fact a couple of teammates will steal votes from him, we have come up with a 20 vote total for the mid-field star.
We have him best on ground in four Lancaster games this year, with minor votes in a further five games.
With 113 goals to his name in just seven games, Violet Town’s Josh Mellington should be at the pointy end of the count.
His 12-goal haul in round one was followed by bags of 11, 14, 17, a massive 27 in round 12 and then nine in the final round of the season.
Speculative debate as to his popularity with the umpiring fraternity put aside, he should have at least five best on grounds to his credit.
Nagambie ball magnet Jamieson Daniels, who didn’t join the Lakers until round seven, is probably the unlucky man of the field.
Cancelled rounds could have taken him past Davies and Mellington as our predictor has him polling in all of his games to finish equal third with classy Stanhope mid Nathan O’reilly.
Girgarre coach Billy Barnes has been his side’s best player on several occasions this season, but not enough wins for the club will see him fill the minor ranks in the count.
Avenel’s Braydon Avola is in an extremely strong, and even, team. He is tipped to finish among the top six in the count.