IT WAS a big day in both footy and netball for Kyabram on Goulburn Valley League grand final day at Deakin Reserve Shepparton last Sunday.
Three out of four flags was a good result along with some club and league history for the Bombers – it was the first time it had three football sides playing for premierships on the same day.
Both the Kyabram senior football team and the A grade netball sides became premiers and champions as they completed undefeated seasons.
While it was a big year for the Bombers it could have been even better, particularly as far as individual accolades are concerned.
Kyabram netball ace Steph Vick landed her second successive Wellman Family Medal for the best and fairest player in the premier netball grade while Jordan Williams missed by just one vote in sharing the Morrison Medal along with Echuca’s now dual winner Simon Buckley.
And in the Pattison Medal in the thirds Kyabram’s Coby McCarthy led until the final round of voting when pipped by Shepparton’s Jordan McGregor.
The Bombers also had the two top goal kickers in the league for the season in Kayne Pettifer and Kyle Mueller.
PLENTY of Kyabram’s former players, headed by Richmond legend Dick Clay and dual interstate representative Ross Dillon, made it back to see the Bombers’ two seasons winning streak continue in Sunday’s grand final at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton.
Clay and Dillon were in the Kyabram side which last played Shepparton in a GVL grand final. That was way back in 1965 when the Tom Hafey coached Shepparton won a thriller against the Bombers. It also completed a hat-trick of grand final wins for the Bears over Kyabram in that game. Many of both those Kyabram and Shepparton sides attended a get-together at half-time of the reserves grand final on Sunday to relive the final dramatic moments of that game.
ONE KYABRAM fan who made the effort to get to see his former teammates win the reserves flag was Sean Dillon, son of premiership coach Mark.
Sean started the season with the Bombers before moving to work in Darwin mid-season. It was a hit-run visit as he didn’t arrive till Sunday morning and headed back to crocodile country on Monday.
Also making a long trip back to watch the Bombers was Tasmine Mueller, who is nursing in Innisfail in northern Queensland these days. Tasmine was home to see her two footballing brothers Kyle and Cade play in grand finals with the Bombers on the day.
Kyle had what you call a forgettable start to the senior grand final, concussed in the first two minutes but returning after getting a medical all clear later in the game to kick two last quarter goals.