Kyabram reserves missed completing a huge day for the club when it gave up an 11-point three-quarter time lead to be over run by minor premier Mansfield.
The Bombers rallied in the final term in the qualifying final to get over the Eagles but it didn’t happen this time.
Mansfield made most of the play in the last quarter with the wind at their backs and two goals to big forward Ben Vogelzang who finished with a match-winning five goals sounded the death knell for the Bombers
In the last term Mansfield kicked 3.6 while holding the Bombers to a solitary point.
The Bombers led at every change but unfortunately not at the final siren against a well drilled unit.
It was a low scoring affair with a lot of physical pressure but the lack of a dominant key forward proved costly in the end.
The competition’s leading goalkicker Heath Barnett was held to two goals but only Kyle Mueller with three goals — a couple of them gems — was able to top his effort for the Bombers who were kept to seven goals for the game.
Players who enjoy the intensity of a finals battle were the standout for Kyabram on the day.
Onballers Jordon Easton and his brother Brodie were tireless and fearless all day and Locky Dillon in defence never gave a centimetre.
Will Wild also did some telling work in defence with support from Drew Barrett, Will Jackson and veteran Scott Cormack while senior players Zac Norris, Nic Coulstock and Andrew Ciavarella all did some good work although not at their most damaging best.
Unfortunately that was the case with a lot of the Kyabram players on the day but give credit where credit is due and Mansfield deserved this win.
My best for Kyabram were Jordan Easton, Brodie Easton, Lockie Dillon, Will Wild, Kyle Mueller, Nic Coulstock, Zac Norris and Andrew Ciavarella.