It was a true team effort

September 29, 2016

Kyabram's Paul Newman poses for a photo with family after winning the GVFL Grand Final

The Kyabram Bombers were quick to point out last weekend that their win was more than just the men on the field.

Many supporters and volunteers are vital to the successful operation of the club. The behind the scenes support is a large part of what allows players to come out at their very best every weekend.

Elarna Newman knows the rollercoaster ride that the GVFL can create, better than anyone.

Mrs Newman’s husband, Paul Newman, is the playing coach of the Kyabram Bombers and she said she supported Mr Newman in any way she could.

“It was a tough season for the team. I know Paul had to make a lot of tough decisions, especially when it came to picking who missed out on a spot,” she said.

“He comes home and we discuss the big decision he has to make. It’s always hard because he is close with everyone in the club.

“I don’t get too involved. I just encourage him to make the best decision that he can and be confident in his ability.”

Mrs Newman said her husband thoroughly enjoyed the season regardless of the pressure.

“He felt privileged to be coaching and playing with such a talented team,” she said.

“The kids and I were always around to pick him up and remind him of how lucky he is to be involved with the club.”

Mrs Newman said the media hype surrounding the grand final put a lot of pressure on everyone in the club.

“We encouraged Paul to look past all the hype and expectation,” she said.

“He needed to focus on producing the best footy they possibly could and leave it at that.

“The pressure is always in the back of his mind but I encourage him to ignore it and focus on what he has to do.”

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