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Muell-tide brings gift that kept on giving

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September 04, 2017

Kyle Mueller’s efforts against Shepparton on Saturday night sit right near the top of the tree.

Think about some of the greatest individual finals perfomances in recent Goulburn Valley League history.

Farran Priest and Josh Marchbank made Deakin Reserve their home in the 2015 preliminary and grand finals.

Jamason Daniels had a September to remember in 2014 when playing for Shepparton Swans, while Paul Newman had countless days out for Kyabram before retiring after last year’s grand final win.

Kyle Mueller’s efforts against Shepparton on Saturday night sit right near the top of the tree.

There are days where some players are on and anything they touch turns to gold.

Mueller was in one of those moods and then some against the Bears.

While he was getting quality service from his midfield, Mueller still had to get in the right positions and convert his opportunities.

The young gun kicked all of Kyabram’s three goals in the first quarter and had six of his side’s seven majors at the start of the third quarter.

Mueller missed out on playing in last year’s all-conquering premiership side after battling a serious ankle injury, but he has transformed into the premier small forward in the competition.

His haul against Shepparton has put him in second spot in the league goal-kicking this season with 62, only behind teammate Kayne Pettifer, who has 91.

Newman said Mueller had stamped himself as one of Kyabram’s most vital players.

‘‘I wouldn’t say I’ve been blown away by his season, we know what he’s capable of because he’s a special player,’’ Newman said.

‘‘We spoke about it before the game that finals produce big moments for players to stand up and he certainly stepped up, especially with Kayne being a bit sore.

‘‘The league hasn’t seen a small forward like him for a long time and he knows how important he is to our side now.’’

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