THE difficulty in maintaining a winning streak in footy these days is reflected in statistics.
In terms of winning trots, Kyabram has been the pacesetter in country football in Victoria for over two years now, clocking a remarkable 45 wins in succession with its win over Benalla on Saturday.
The Bombers’ last loss was in the grand final in 2015 when beaten by Benalla.
The nearest side to achieving a similar feat is the Southern Mallee Giants with 38 wins on the trot.
The chasm on this list to the third-placed Hepburn Football Club in the Central Highlands League is massive.
It has 19 wins to its credit so still has a long way to go to be a chance of toppling either Kyabram or the Southern Mallee Giants. Chances are though it won’t.
Winning streaks bring extra pressure with all rival teams doing their best to have the bragging rights to be the first to end the winning run.
Kyabram coach Paul Newman is not really worried about how long Kyabram’s winning streak will last but told his players at half-time at Benalla on Saturday when his side was being challenged it wouldn’t continue forever and the players should make the most of it while it lasted.
Newman got the response he wanted after half-time when the Bombers put the foot down to record a runaway win.
Interleague squad named
KYABRAM has five players in the initial Goulburn Valley League squad to meet the Ballarat League in the AFL Victoria Community Championships round on May 19 at the MCG.
Brad Mangan, Lachie Smith, Kayne Pettifer, Liam Ogden and Mick Mattingly have been named in the 33-man squad.
Yes, no Jordan Williams or Kyle Mueller.
But like many other players in the league who would be walk-up starts to be in this squad they have both ruled themselves out.
Williams is heading for the Untied States this week with teammate Axel Child for a month’s holiday while Mueller has been a week-to-week proposition this season with a persistent groin strain and doesn’t want to risk aggravating it any more.
Smith, Ogden and Mangan have represented the GVL previously but Pettifer and Mattingly haven’t.
Smith’s availability will depend on his VFL club Footscray.
Former Kyabram players Matt and Brad Ryan — now playing with Tatura — are also in the squad.
Selectors have made contact with about 55 players regarding their availability for the program as well as keeping a close eye on the form of players in the opening of rounds of the season.
Seymour’s Jason Cole will again skipper the side with Shepparton ruckman Ash Holland his deputy.
The coaching/selection panel is made up of Brad Campbell, Andrew Briggs, Brendan Vanderdonk and Sam Little
The squad will train on three occasions leading up to the match.
On Wednesdays, May 2 and May 9, sessions will be at Kings Park, Seymour, with the final session on Wednesday May 16 at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton, before the final team is announced.
The 33-man squad is:
Benalla: Luke Morgan, Sam Martyn, Nick Warnock, Thomas Bennett, James Martyn, David Mennen
Echuca: Daniel Willis
Euroa: JD Hayes, Jacob Gleeson, John Ikupu
Kyabram: Brad Mangan, Lachie Smith, Kayne Pettifer, Liam Ogden, Michael Mattingly
Mansfield: Brett Mahoney
Mooroopna: Dean Smith
Rochester: Rhys Free, James Gledhill, Nathan Marrone, Steven Stroobants
Seymour: Jason Cole (c), Ben Clifton
Shepparton: Ashley Holland (v/c), Luke Smith, Mitch Brett, Nick Rokahr, Ted Lindon
Tatura: Brad Ryan, Brandyn Grenfell, Tom Miller, Jameson Daniels, Matt Ryan
Lions rush to replace coach
SEYMOUR Football Club has acted quickly in the wake of the shock resignation of its new coach Nick Jewell.
Jewell cited travel from Mornington Peninsula, a new work enterprise, family commitments and his inability to commit for more than one season for his walk out on the club last Saturday, only two games into his coaching tenure with the Lions.
Seymour has announced that two of its star players Jason Cole and Ben Clifton will jointly fill the void left by Jewell, a former Victorian cricketer.
Both are very good players and very popular among the players and the club has no doubts their appointments will be well received by the club and its supporters given the circumstances of their appointment.
Seymour’s reserves coach Patrick Larkin also quit his post after only one round.
Cricket survey seeks inswing
CRICKET Shepparton is on the front foot when it comes to improving the sport in its area.
It has created an online survey for all cricket lovers in the Goulburn Valley to provide thoughts on the most suitable methods to tackle the biggest issues in the game at local level.
These include Twenty20 results and stats being incorporated in the overall Haisman Shield competition — the premier competition in Cricket Shepparton — and looking to adopt the Duckworth-Lewis system in the advent of weather interrupted clashes.
The survey is available on Cricket Shepparton’s social media channels and takes no more than 15 minutes to complete and responses hopefully will give administrators a lead on what is wanted and what is required to keep pace with the times.
Big Bomber returns
A FAMILIAR face bobbed up in Kyabram Football Club’s reserves side on Saturday.
Former senior ruckman Zane Coventry played his first game with the club since 2013.
Coventry has spent the last few years playing with a Geelong amateur side and had a year at Tongala in 2015 when it was being coached by David Newman Jr.
Coventry’s senior career with the Bombers ended with a horrific knee injury but he can be a vital addition to the young Bombers reserves side bid to try for back-to-back flags.
Jackson in action
A SET of hopple shorteners has dramatically turned around the fortunes of trotter Jackson Square.
Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore added the shorteners to Jackson Square’s gear after the four-year-old had bungled some standing starts with the result being two dashing wins.
After a brilliant getaway which led to an effortless win at Shepparton on Kyabram Cup night when Blackmore made a return to the sulky after five years, Jackson Square did the same to his rivals at last week’s Cobram meeting with regular reinsman John Caldow back in the sulky.
Again Jackson Square made a quick start from the 10m strand and worked to the front early before pulling away in the home straight with a blistering 28.5 last quarter to beat the runner-up and $100,000 earner Nica Macdonon by over 18 metres with the John Hallam trained Scorching Along filling the minor placing.
Out of the talented winning Yentls Image mare Front And Square and bred and owned by keen Stanhope trotting stalwart Mac Poole, Jackson Square has now won five of his 18 starts and in his current form will build handsomely on that record.