Minor premiership in bag

July 18, 2017

Coby McCarthy, pictured ahead of the AFL Under-16 Championships in 2015, was dominant for Kyabram in the under-18 clash against Shepparton on Saturday.

A strong second half from undefeated Kyabram was enough to help it crush second-placed Shepparton by 50 points in Goulburn Valley League under-18 action on Saturday.

The Bombers booted seven goals to two after the main break to keep their record unblemished and virtually cement the minor premiership with five rounds remaining before finals.

Coby McCarthy (two goals) lit up Deakin Reserve with a best-on-ground performance, while Cade Mueller, Josh Dillon, Dominic Watt (three), Angus McKenzie and Zaid Besim were also impressive for the away side.

Charlie Boyer, Josh Larkin, Tyler Bell, Oliver Widdicombe, Jarret Hallahan and Bradley Tremellen were Shepparton’s most influential players in the defeat.

The Bears remain in second spot on the ladder, but are three matches behind the brilliant Bombers.

Shepparton United heaped the pressure on its closest rivals, drawing level on points with the Bears after handing Rochester a 70-point loss.

Jack Norman, who went out of the senior side with a quadricep injury, kicked four goals in the thirds.

Senior regulars Jesse Cucinotta, Josh Kezerle (two goals) and Adam Pigatto (one) also impressed dropping back to the junior level as United looks to stabilise its best side ahead of finals.

The Tigers had Matthew Kellett, Joshua Flight, Dylan Oaff, Tyler Walsh, Ryan Oogjes and Joel Haitsma trying hard all day.

It was the Marcus O’Brien show at Victoria Park as Benalla kept Echuca scoreless for two quarters to record an important 28-point win.

The star Saint booted four goals and was a clear best-on-ground in the victory, with teammates Baily MacDonald, Campbell McCoy, Riley Johnson, Wade King (two goals) and Aymon Cooke also helping the side keep its top two hopes alive.

Luca Molluso, Trent Campbell, Jackson Stewart, Fraser Baldwin, Michael Carmellotti and Oscar Reid were among the best for the Murray Bombers, who remain two games outside the top six.

In other results, Tatura secured a 26-point victory against Mooroopna, Euroa defeated Shepparton Swans by 29 points and Seymour won just its second match of the year when it beat Mansfield by 21 points.

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