Kyabram can claim to be the ultimate grand masters of Goulburn Valley footy after Sunday’s historic 13-point win over Rochester.
The result meant a perfect 21-0 season streak for the Bombers, making them the first side in GVFL history to play a perfect season. In a truncated version — cut short by World War II — the 1939 Nagambie Lakers had gone 14-0 but no-one will ever know if that record would have continued. It is a performance lost in the mists of time and in no way detracts from the stunning season just put together by the Bombers. And while the finale might not have reprised the club’s juggernaut performances of the home and away games, rolling over opposition teams by 100-plus points, in the grand final it is the result that counts — one point is as good as 100. Either way gets you the flag and the trophy — and that’s what the previous 20 games are all about. And it was that kind of day.
A delightful hark-back to the old school of football.
When a crowd of almost 6000, mostly out of towners, descended on Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve to share in the denouement of what had been a fantastic year for the winners and a pretty good year by anyone’s measurement for the losers. With kind weather the big crowd assembled also got to see something they wouldn’t otherwise get at the top of the footy tree this year – or probably any year soon.
The Bombers and Tigers playing off in a grand final at the MCG.
With the Bombers victorious.
That’s what makes country footy great.
Same sport, different perspective.
However, the fairytale script was written with Kyabram in the starring role.
And Bomber coach Paul Newman taking his team to the summit of the sport.
As he said on the podium, premierships are very hard to win.
And perfect seasons are even harder to achieve.
Still, they have one now.
‘‘Thanks for an amazing year,’’ Newman said on the podium before receiving the trophy and getting drenched in champagne.
‘‘These things mean a lot to a lot of people.’’
Kyabram continued its song and dance routine above in the grandstand, while Rochester’s disconsolate players trudged off directly underneath into their dressing room.
At the sounding of the final siren, it was the Queen anthem ‘‘We Are The Champions’’ which blared out over the public address system.
While not the traditional team song, it sounded pretty good to anyone wearing any semblance of red and black.
They were the champions.
Of the GVFL? Undisputed.
Of Kyabram? Absolutely.
And it would be complemented by the Bomber netballers, going one better with the A and B grade flags – although the A grade tilt at a perfect season, on track at the halfway mark, copped a couple of hiccups along the way.
But no-one was paying any attention to that when yet again the Bombers lifted high another trophy.
It was backs slapped, players hugged, hands shaken and kisses being thrown around as if there were no tomorrow.
But there will be.
Not this week, right now celebration rules.
Although in the backs of the minds of the coaching staff plans are already being formulated for the pre-season because nothing will ever be more certain in sport – win the lot and the next year everyone is coming after you.
And really, what do you do as a party trick after completing the first perfect season?
Or winning the top two netball flags?
It will be interesting to see and well worth the wait until next winter.