Kyabram won its 29th straight game after defeating a gallant Mooroopna on Saturday.
The Bombers, who have the longest winning streak in country Victoria, proved too strong for the visitors although Cats coach Dale Osborne was delighted with his side’s performance.
‘‘I walked off the ground proud of our boys and how we played,’’ Osborne said.
‘‘We lost, but we took it right up to them, they have smashed some teams of late and we put up a really hard fight.
‘‘It was a step in the right direction.’’
The Cats fell 52 points short, but had to fight for more than a half with two players down.
Osborne, who hurt his knee, was forced off in the second quarter, while reigning best-and-fairest Dean Smith was knocked out with just minutes to play in the same quarter.
Smith was stretchered off, but Osborne believed the youngster would be right for next week.
‘‘He is tough, he had all the scans and what not and they have come back clear,’’ Osborne said.
‘‘He already said he will be able to play next week and I would like him to, but we have to get a medical clearance first.’’
Osborne will see his specialists tomorrow to gather the full extent of his injury.
‘‘It is annoying, I enjoyed being out there,’’ Osborne said.
‘‘I don’t think it is too bad, I think I may have crossed some ligaments, I should be okay.’’
Bombers coach Paul Newman was pleased with his side’s performance, but did credit Mooroopna on how it defended.
‘‘We were good, we played okay in a pretty scrappy sort of game,’’ Newman said.
‘‘But credit to the Cats, they made it that way and I thought they were really good, they worked on getting numbers around the contests and really congested our forward 50.’’
Sam Sheldon was the Bombers’ best, while livewire Kyle Mueller (four goals) was impressive going forward for Newman’s side.
‘‘Sammy has been fantastic all year,’’ Newman said.
‘‘He was again brilliant on Saturday and then you have Kyle who is really creative and electric down forward.’’
With no injuries, Newman was up and about heading into Saturday’s mouthwatering clash against Euroa.
‘‘It should be a really good game, they are up and about,’’ Newman said.
‘‘Euroa have been playing some good football and I think it will be a good opportunity for us to go over there and test ourselves to see what they are like.’’
Kyabram 2.5, 5.2, 9.11, 12.15 (87)
Mooroopna 1.2, 1.4 3.5, 5.5 (35)
Kyabram: Sam Sheldon, Lachie Smith, Tom Holman, Rhys Clark, Patrick Wearden, Liam Barrett.
Mooroopna: Clint Riley, Romain Grenville, Bayden Fallon, Ajak Dang, Ben Hicks, Justin Campbell.
Kyabram: Kyle Mueller 4, Kayne Pettifer 3, Brad Edwards 2, Drew Barrett, Rhys Clark, Brad Whitford.
Mooroopna: Romain Grenville 2, Ethan Hodgkin, Dean Smith, Nathan Turner.