Bombers shrug off solid Saints

By Tyler Maher

A FAMILIAR Kyabram winning pattern continued at the weekend.

The Goulburn Valley League giant absorbed a stong challenge from a hungry opposition outfit — this time Benalla — in the first term on Saturday before putting the foot down and accelerating away.

After leading by only three points at the initial change the Bombers kicked 10.3 to 1.2 in the following two stanzas to kill the contest, before the Saints had the better of the final quarter to bring the eventual margin to 83 points.

‘‘We get the best of teams when they play us, so there’s going to be periods where everything is not going our way,’’ Kyabram co-coach Paul Newman said.

‘‘It was just about weathering the storm, their pressure around the ball carrier in the first quarter was really good.

‘‘Once we weathered that storm we were pretty clinical in the second and third quarters, which was good to see.

‘‘It was nice to see us use the ball well moving into the forward line to give the boys every opportunity to kick goals too.’’

Kyle Mueller was the main beneficiary of Kyabram’s dominance, snaring eight goals to overtake teammate Kayne Pettifer (two) on the league’s leading goal-kicker table.

Cade Mueller, Brad Mangan and Pat Wearden also managed two majors for the visitors at Benalla Showgrounds, while Lachie Smith, Luke Morris, Tom Holman and Tom Sheldon also stood out in the triumph.

‘‘Cade Mueller and Billy McLay did some really nice things, it’s good to see these younger boys come up and make an impact,’’ Newman said.

‘‘Lachie Smith was plucking marks from everywhere across half-back and Luke Morris was unreal, and in terms of pressure acts he was leading the way all day.’’

A hamstring injury to Josh Pell and a report for Morris late in the game were the only sources of concern for the Bombers throughout the match.

For the Saints it was Brody Webster (three goals) and Jordan Wolff (two) who provided most of their scoring power, while Chris Welsh, Michael Ryan and Will Martiniello also battled hard all game.