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No nerves, just on wave of momentum

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September 18, 2017

There were nerves in the Shepparton camp, but you could not tell out on the field.

There were nerves in the Shepparton camp, but you could not tell out on the field.

The Bears played scintillating football, despite a number of young players in the team without much Goulburn Valley League finals experience.

They rode a wave of momentum to book their first grand final spot in 17 years.

Shepparton coach Brad Campbell said he was pleased with how side handled the big occasion of a preliminary final at Deakin Reserve.

‘‘We’ve put in a lot of work as a club and the playing group were great and I was pleased to see the composure and confidence they had, even under pressure,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘We played our brand of footy and got a fantastic win, now it gives us an opportunity in the grand final.

‘‘Seymour did look dangerous, I reckon we got rolled comfortably in the centre clearances and around the ground at times, but we kept hitting the scoreboard and that allowed us to have all that momentum.’’

It has been a steady build for the Bears under Campbell in his four years in charge.

They broke a finals drought last season and were able to win in the first week before being knocked out in the semi-finals.

But the expectation was there ahead of this season and Shepparton has delivered.

The Bears will fancy their chances of taking down the Kyabram juggernaut, gunning for back-to-back premierships without losing a game.

The Bombers have not lost a match since the 2015 grand final.

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