Safe Pett to get over injury

August 28, 2017

Forward threat: Lachie Smith kicked two goals in Kyabram's rout of Shepparton United.

Out in front: Shepparton United's Harrison Osborn grabs the footy.

Good hands: Kyabram forward Hayden Gemmill booted eight goals in a sensational return to form.

A back injury to star forward Kayne Pettifer took some of the gloss off Kyabram completing a consecutive unbeaten home-and-away season.

The Bombers took their Goulburn Valley League winning streak to 39 after smashing Shepparton United by 116 points at Deakin Reserve on Saturday.

But Pettifer, who has kicked 88 goals for the season, went down just before half-time and did not return to the field.

‘‘He landed on his back pretty heavily and there was a bit of spasm,’’ Kyabram coach Paul Newman said.

‘‘He didn’t think it was too bad and I spoke to him (yesterday morning) and he seemed to think he would be right to go next week.’’

Kyabram will take on Shepparton in a historic qualifying final under lights at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Saturday night.

Even without Pettifer on the field, the Bombers’ forward line is dangerous as Hayden Gemmill had a day out with eight goals.

The livewire forward has struggled with osteitis pubis this year, but is getting close to full fitness at the right end of the season.

Fellow small forward Kyle Mueller enjoyed a productive afternoon, slotting five majors to go to 55 for the year in what has been a breakout season.

Aaron Hayes, Luke Morris, Jordan Williams, Jason Morgan and Sam Sheldon starred for the Bombers in what proved to be not much more than a training run at the home of the grand final.

‘‘We’re just glad this season is finished and we can put it all behind us, but it all starts again in the finals and we’ve got to focus on that now,’’ Newman said.

Defender Tom Holman missed after pulling up sore in the round 17 clash against Seymour, but is a certainty to line-up against the Bears.

Meanwhile, the Demons finish the season in 10th in what was a year of development under coach Peter Sheehan.

Daniel Bowles starred against the Bombers with a polished performance down back, but it was virtually boys against men.

‘‘I thought we were pretty good and used the ball well at times, but our third or fourth disposal in the chain let us down and a side like Kyabram makes you pay as soon as you turn the ball over,’’ Sheehan said.

‘‘We kicked the first couple of goals of the game, but they’re a quality team.’’

Sheehan said he was happy with the year of getting games into its talented youth and would look to see those players rise to another level next season.

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