While most football fans in the Goulburn Valley focus on Kyabram’s ‘‘Dirty 30’’ winning streak, coach Paul Newman said in house the feat was a non-event.
‘‘Honestly, we haven’t spoken about it once,’’ Newman said.
‘‘It’s an old cliche, but we’re just taking it one game at a time.
‘‘The list is pretty healthy at the moment and competition for spots is high, which is keeping the guys on their toes.’’
The Bombers survived another scare last week against Euroa to take victory by just seven points, but Newman believed the regular challenges to his side’s dynasty was only serving to make it stronger.
‘‘It (being continually hunted) is not really (taking a toll), if anything it’s all positive,’’ he said.
‘‘The boys really look forward to the challenge.’’
Aaron Hayes goes out of Kyabram’s side with a hamstring injury, but Jason Morgan, Hayden Gemmill and Kyle Mueller will all be clamouring for a spot for what will be another tough clash with Benalla tomorrow.
‘‘Kyle gives us a different dynamic up forward, we missed his speed and pressure last week,’’ Newman said.
The Saints have the title of being the last team to conquer the Bombers, back in the 2015 grand final, and Luke Morgan’s men will be hoping for a repeat when they make the trip to Kyabram Recreation Reserve tomorrow.
‘‘We think our best is good enough and the boys are looking forward to the challenge,’’ he said.
Tom O’Brien should return to Benalla’s line-up after battling illness, but the absence of Jarrod Bannister (wrist) and James Martyn (suspension) will be felt as the Saints take on the best team in the competition.
‘‘They’re definitely the premier team in the comp,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘Obviously making the most of your opportunities is important in every game, but in these big ones it really makes the difference.’’
Along with taking every opportunity his side is afforded, Morgan believed the game would be won at the coalface in the middle of the ground.
‘‘They’ll give us some opportunities and we’re going to have to take them with both hands,’’ he said.
‘‘We need to put them under pressure on the scoreboard and use the ball well through high half-forward and the middle of the ground.
‘‘I think that’s where the game will be won.’’