Shepparton News

Cats live in here and now

MOOROOPNA MAKES MOST OF CHANCE TO PLAY AND IS EXCITED ABOUT TAKING ON MIGHT OF KYABRAM

- By Aydin Payne

For Mooroopna coach John Lamont and his group of emerging talent it’s all about staying in the present and enjoying the moment.

The Cats are buzzing along off the back of last week’s memorable triumph over Seymour and face another stern test tomorrow.

Kyabram, the reigning premier, heads to Mooroopna Recreation Reserve to take on the Goulburn Valley League’s giant slayers.

With the cross-border leagues unable to play and Melbourne still in lockdown, Lamont said his side was cherishing being able to run out for the round 15 encounter.

“We are just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy the present,” Lamont said.

“The group is up and about, six weeks we didn’t play and then we come back with a great win. We are celebratin­g the boys that are able to play, while we have real empathy for those that can’t make it.

“We are lucky, you look around and see the other leagues not being able to play and it could be us in a f lash. So that’s why we are trying to enjoy the moment because tomorrow it might all be over.”

Mooroopna will make one change to this weekend’s crucial game against Kyabram.

Young gun Tom Brown returns to the Murray Bushranger­s, with Lamont still unsure who will take his spot in the side.

“We’ve got the monkey off the back, in terms of winning on the road, now we are back home with a match to remain inside the top six, there are plenty of positives for us,” Lamont said.

“We make the one forced change, with Tom going back to the Bushranger­s, we want to back the side in that got the job done against Seymour.”

Lamont said his side was under ‘‘no illusions’’ about the task at hand.

Kyabram, missing a host of its regular senior players due to Melbourne restrictio­ns, produced a stirring and brave win over Shepparton United last week.

It has almost been a decade since the Cats last triumphed over Kyabram, with their last win coming in 2012.

The game will be live-streamed this weekend, while radio station 98.6 One FM will broadcast the match on the airwaves.

“It’s great for both clubs’ supporters to be able to tune in and watch their sides play,” Lamont said.

“Both sides have been the bookend of the competitio­n for the past few years, Kyabram up the top and us down the bottom. There is no extra motivation there, we are just here in the now. Trying to create our own history.”

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