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September 11, 2017

Jordan Williams showed no sign of rust as he was terrific in Kyabram's second semi-final win.

Rhys Clark added another superb finals showing to his reputation.

For a team making a grand final, celebrations were subdued following Saturday’s second semi-final at Rochester’s Moon Oval.

Such is Kyabram’s superpower status in the Goulburn Valley League, anything less than a premiership this year would be a considered a giant failure.

So when the Bombers comfortably dispatched of Seymour by 48 points in the second semi-final, players and supporters know the job is nowhere near done.

They will go into the decider at Deakin Reserve on September 24 with odds similar to racehorse Winx, who has won 19 straight races.

Kyabram is that far above the rest of the competition, time travel seems more possible than Paul Newman’s team losing a game this season.

The Bombers’ 41st win in a row was not as easy as some of their wins in the past two years have been, but they never looked like being upset.

The courageous Kayne Pettifer got Kyabram on the board in the first two minutes, with the star forward incredibly playing, despite losing two relatives in a car crash on the morning of the game.

Kyabram controlled the first quarter, with Rhys Clark and Lachie Smith patrolling the defence and mopping up anything that Seymour could muster forward.

The Lions were going about as good as the electronic scoreboard attendant who put them up as ‘‘Seymore’’ for the first five minutes of the match.

Seymour won plenty of the football out of the middle during the second quarter, but Kyabram just kept the Lions at bay and responded every time the Lions kicked a goal.

They kicked consecutive goals for the first time in the game midway through the third quarter, as Brandyn Grenfell popped through his fourth of the game.

Grenfell was a towering presence up forward and in the ruck, but he was the only Lions player who was capable of worrying the Bombers’ back six.

It has been said before and it will be said again, Seymour need two Grenfells — one up forward and one in the centre.

Kyabram’s reigning best-and-fairest winner Jordan Williams returned to the side after missing the qualifying final with Shepparton to attend his sister’s wedding.

Williams looked like he had benefited from the week off to produce a sterling performance, combining brilliantly with the in-form Liam Ogden.

The skill and composure of those left-footers gives the Bombers class in the middle to rove off giant ruckman Jake Reeves.

The only worry for Kyabram in its bid for back-to-back premierships was a knee injury to young forward star Kyle Mueller.

After booting seven goals against the Bears last week, Mueller went off injured in the second quarter.

But Newman said the move was precautionary and the knock to the knee was not bad, meaning Mueller will be right to play in the grand final.

Sam Sheldon pulled out of the game late due to hamstring tightness, but he will definitely be right to go for the decider.

Sheldon and the Bombers did not want to take any risks after the former Brisbane player missed last year’s grand final because of a torn hamstring suffered in the semi-final.

Newman said he would keep stressing to the group to not take anything for granted.

‘‘They’re not easy to reach, grand finals, so it takes a lot of work to get there again,’’ Newman said.

‘‘We’ve given ourselves the best chance to succeed, winning to get the week off, so that allows us to freshen some of those sore bodies and get ourselves ready for a fortnight’s time.

‘‘It’s going to be a good contest in the grand final whoever we play and we’ll prepare accordingly.’’

Seymour coach Brent Colbert and fellow Lions backline stalwart Matt O’Keefe missed the clash through hamstring soreness.

Colbert said the pair would definitely play in the preliminary final on Sunday.

‘‘They wanted to get into a grand final more than us and we just didn’t play like there was a grand final up for grabs,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘We still had our patches when we played okay and got back in the contest, but we couldn’t get enough scoreboard pressure.’’

SCORES

Kyabram 3.3, 7.7, 10.12, 15.16 (106)

Seymour 0.3, 3.6, 6.9, 8.10 (58)

Oliver Caffrey’s best

Kyabram: Rhys Clark, Jordan Williams, Liam Ogden, Lachie Smith, Brad Mangan, Billy Burstin, Brad Edwards.

Seymour: Brandyn Grenfell, Brent Ryan, Dylan Scopel, Rory Scopel, Ben Clifton, Jason Cole.

Goals

Kyabram: Hayden Gemmill 3, Brad Mangan 3, Billy Burstin 2, Kayne Pettifer 2, Brad Edwards, Jordan Williams, Josh Pell, Nick Coulstock, Liam Ogden.

Seymour:Brandyn Grenfell 4, Rory Scopel 2, Hugh Robertson, Billy Cox.

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